JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - 12/7 7:00 a.m. Update:
The Coast Guard says it has suspended the search Wednesday evening for two men whose boat capsized in the Gastineau Channel.
Multiple agencies searched 58 square miles in the area for more than 20 hours to locate the two men, but were unable to do so.
In a statement, Capt. Phil Thorne said, “It’s a very difficult decision to suspend a search and we always make these decisions with care and consideration.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the two men during this challenging time,” Thorne said.
12/6 12:20 p.m. Update:
The Coast Guard has identified the two men who remain unaccounted for after their 10-foot skiff capsized near Juneau on Tuesday.
James Cole, 50, and Sheridan “Scott” Stringer, 48, are reportedly still missing, according to the USCG.
“With the assistance of our state and local partners, we will continue to search for the missing men,” Capt. Phil Thorne, Sector Juneau commander said in a statement. “We have Coast Guard assets searching diligently and hope we can find the other individuals soon.”
Officials say weather in the area includes winds up to 5 miles per hour, and 1 foot seas with 44 degree water. The three other rescued passengers were treated for minor hypothermic conditions.
Residents in Juneau first notified police that they could hear screaming for help in Aurora Harbor at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
Now, the Coast Guard in Juneau is looking for two men after it was discovered that their boat began to take on water, and then capsized that night in the Gastineau Channel.
Initially, there were five people on the boat as well as a dog. Two women in the group swam to the dock and got in another boat. Those women then tried to help the three men left behind.
One of the men was able to climb on top of the capsized boat, and was later rescued by the Coast Guard.
The women who swam to another boat made it to shore and were treated for exposure. The dog is being cared for by Animal Control, according to the Juneau Police Department.
The other two men have still not been found. The search for them is considered "active" and the Coast Guard is deploying a helicopter in the area of the Gastineau Channel to find them.
This is a developing story and will be updated.