Body of Canoga Park woman among those found near submerged ship in Alaska – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

This undated photo provided by James Solis shows Robert Solis, left, and his partner Brandi Tyau. The couple were among those aboard the fishing boat Awakin when it ran into trouble Sunday in rough seas off the coast of southeast Alaska. (James Solis via AP)


JUNEAU, Alaska — Authorities recovered the bodies of two sisters aboard a fishing boat that was found partially submerged off southeast Alaska in rough seas. Two others are still missing from the letter, which was taken by two vacationing couples.

Alaska State Troopers said they believe the bodies are those of Danielle Agcaoili, 53, of Waipahu, Hawaii, and her sister Brandi Tyau, 56, of Canoga Park, California. They were recovered from the boat around 5 p.m. Wednesday and taken to the state medical examiner’s office.

Robert Solis, 61, a Tyau partner, and the ship’s captain, Morgan Robidou, 32, of Sitka, Alaska, remain missing.

Danielle Agcaoili’s partner, Maury Agcaoili, 57, was found unconscious in the water near the boat on Sunday and later pronounced dead, according to authorities.

The 30-foot aluminum charter boat was delayed Sunday night and was last seen later that day near Sitka, a community about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Juneau, according to the Coast Guard. Crews later found the boat off an island about 10 miles west of Sitka.

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Coast Guard Petty Officer Ian Gray said the region was experiencing seas of 6 to 11 feet on Sunday. Efforts to recover the ship were ongoing, soldiers said Thursday, and had previously been hampered by rough seas and strong winds.

The charter company, Kingfisher Charters, said in a statement that it was “devastated by the loss of the guests and the captain of the Awakin. We are fully cooperating with the US Coast Guard in its investigation of this tragic event and hope it will provide answers to questions about how it occurred.”

The sisters’ parents and brother were also on the trip with them, but had taken a separate boat, said Jim Solis, the brother of Robert Solis.

The Solis family, six brothers, including Robert and Jim, grew up in Burbank, California, Jim Solis said.

Solis and Tyau met in Hawaii several decades ago when Solis, a Navy diver, was stationed there as an instructor. They have a son together and Solís also has three children from a previous relationship.

“He was a great surfer, a very good musician. He would play guitar and put songs together,” Jim Solis said of his brother. “The ocean really was the life of him.”

Tyau was the perfect balance for Solis. She organized and arranged for her family camping trips in the Sierras, Jim Solis said, and was a “larger-than-life” calming influence on Solis.

“He was a quiet person but he had a really sly sense of humor,” Jim Solis said. “We love that she was with my brother and his partner because she was definitely the yin to his yang.”

Solís became a private investigator in 1992 after eight years in the military, according to his firm’s website, The RES Group.

An acquaintance introduced him to the work and he “felt drawn to the field in the sense that each and every case, while having similarities depending on the nature of the case, each and every case also had differences in the sense that two cases should not be treated in the same way”. same”, he wrote on his website.

Bob Harrison, President and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, where Danielle Agcaoili worked, expressed his condolences to her loved ones, calling her “a beloved member of our First Hawaiian Bank ‘ohana. We keep Dani, her husband and her family members in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Dazio reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press News researcher Randy Herschaft in New York contributed.