Coast Guard suspends search for missing hunter

Published 10:20 am Thursday, September 26, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska — The search for a 24-year-old hunter missing east of Ketchikan has been suspended.

The active search for Garrett Hagan of Craig was called off Tuesday, Coast Guard officials said in a news release.

Hagan was hunting with Adrian Knopps, 51, of Grand Ledge, Mich., last week. Hagan was last seen by Knopps taking off in a 7-foot skiff loaded with fresh game for the 44-foot pleasure boat Abundance near Behm Canal.

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Crews from the cruise vessel Wilderness Adventure spotted the Abundance adrift at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard searchers found Knopps in a cabin. He had been alone for seven days and was suffering from severe hypothermia.

The Coast Guard said the agency and others spent 73 hours and covered more than 514 square miles through Tuesday looking for Hagan.

“Suspending a case is one of the hardest decisions that we as search and rescuers have to make and our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” said Cmdr. Marc Burd, who is chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Juneau.

Ketchikan is on Revillagigedo Island. Behm Canal separates the island from the mainland.