3 Dead, Including Hawaiian Couple, 2 Remain Missing After Partially Submerged Boat Found Off Alaska

Two sisters and their partners were on the 30-foot aluminum charter boat, along with the boat’s captain, family members say.

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Three people were killed, including a couple from Hawaii, and two others are still missing after their fishing boat sank in rough waters off Alaska on Sunday.

Two sisters, Danielle Agcaoili and Brandi Tyau, as well as their partners, Maury Agcaoili and Robert Solis, were on the charter boat, which was last seen earlier that day near Sitka, according to the Associated Press. Also on board was the ship’s captain, Morgan Robidou.

The group set off on a day trip Sunday on the 30-foot aluminum charter boat, but that night Kingfisher Charters alerted the Coast Guard when it had not returned, according to Hawaii News Now.

The sisters’ parents and brother were also in the water that day, but on a different boat, which returned safely to port, Solís’ brother told the AP.

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Authorities received a call shortly before 10:30 p.m. local time that a boat with five people on board had capsized near Low Island in Sitka Sound, Alaska State Police said in a statement. At that time, US Coast Guard officers found “an unresponsive person in the water” who was taken to a hospital and pronounced deceased. That individual was identified as Maury, 57, of Waipahu, Hawaii.

That night, the boat was found partially submerged off Low Island, about 10 miles from Sitka, according to the Coast Guard.

The following night, Coast Guard officials called off the search for the four remaining individuals.

In an update on Wednesday, Alaska Troopers announced that they had recovered two bodies, believed to be Danielle, 53, and her sister, Tyau, 56, of Canoga Park, California, from the sunken ship. “The bodies are being transported to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage for examination and positive identification,” police said.

Solis, 61, and Robidou, 32, of Sitka, remain missing. Vessel recovery operations are ongoing.

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The region where the ship was located on Sunday had been experiencing rough water, with waves ranging from 6 to 11 feet, but was not under advisory, according to Hawaii News Now.

Authorities searched for the boat by air and sea for 20 hours and covered an area 825 miles wide, but ultimately decided to call off the search.

“Calling off a search is never an easy decision,” said Port Alaska Southeast Capt. Darwin Jensen. “We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones during this difficult time. Our sincere thanks to the community partners and Good Samaritan ships who responded quickly to assist in the search.”

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Kingfisher Charters said in a statement that they were “devastated by the loss of the Awakin’s guests and captain,” according to the AP.

“We are fully cooperating with the US Coast Guard in its investigation of this tragic event and look forward to providing answers to questions about how it occurred,” the company added.

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In a statement issued on behalf of the Agcaoilis, their family shared that they appreciate “all the kind words and condolences during this difficult time,” according to Hawaii News Now.

“Family and friends will remember them as loving and supportive parents,” the statement read. “We ask that people respect the privacy of the families as they continue to grieve.”

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