Search under way for missing Egegik fisherman

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers have found the skiff of a missing Egegik fisherman but no sign of the 24-year-old man himself.

Eric Larson was last seen around 6 p.m. Wednesday as he headed out to deploy his fishing set net on the Egegik River north of the King Salmon River. The skiff was found Thursday afternoon.

Larson's set net appeared to be about two-thirds deployed, according to Alaska State Troopers. High winds had created unstable conditions on the river and many set nets had blown paralell to the shoreline, troopers said.

Local volunteers went out to search for Larson by boat but 20- to 30-knot winds in the area prevented an air search until Thursday afternoon, troopers said.

The search was suspended Friday afternoon because of worsening weather but searchers planned to pull in Larson's net in case his body had become entangled it it. Troopers said the search might resume Saturday.

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