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Search for missing Coghill continues

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The search for the grandson of former Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill is continuing, three weeks after the 26-year-old North Pole man was last seen floating down the Tanana River clinging to a 15-gallon plastic fuel tank.

The effort is being done by family members, friends and residents of several villages downriver from where Michael Coghill and his two companions' boat overturned Sept. 8. The two companions, Timothy McManus, 34, and Edgar Monroe, 45, both from Nenana, were able to swim to a nearby sandbar.

Searchers said they don't plan to quit looking for Coghill until he is found or the river freezes over.

Coghill's father, James ''Dim'' Burk, who has been on the search site since the accident, said that fuel and food for the searchers is needed as well as some rested volunteers. The present crew is tired and needs some relief for a day or two.



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