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Coast Guard searches for vessel headed from Midway Island to Alaska

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard is searching for a sailboat with three people on board reported overdue on a trip from Midway Island to Alaska.

The 32-foot sailboat Thanks Mardell left Midway Island July 24 with John Havens, Jeff Hunter and Tammy Hunter on board. Their hometowns were not available.

The Coast Guard said Havens is reported to have told a friend that they were traveling to Anchorage or Kodiak and expected the trip to take anywhere from 21 to 30 days. The mother of Jeff and Tammy Hunter contacted the Coast Guard in Juneau last week, expressing concern that she had not heard from them.

The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast from Hawaii to Alaska, asking that all ships in the area keep a lookout for the wood and fiberglass, single-mast sailboat and its crew.

A C-130 crew from Kodiak has been assigned to search an area about 700 miles southwest of Kodiak, tracing the most direct route from Midway Island to Alaska.



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