Victims of the Sitka charter shipwreck identified as a local boat captain and visitors from California and Hawaii

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A US Coast Guard HH60 Jayhawk helicopter flies over Juneau in 2021. Coast Guard air and boat crews have been involved in the search for the missing boaters near Sitka. (Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

Update, Monday night:

The bodies of three of the four passengers from the wrecked ship near Sitka have been found, according to Alaska State Police.

Police said two female bodies were recovered from the sunken boat around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. They are believed to be sisters Danielle Agcaoili and Brandi Tyau, the soldiers said. Agcaoili’s partner, Maury Agcaoili, was found unconscious in the water near the boat on Sunday.

Tyau’s partner, Robert Solis, and the ship’s captain, Morgan Robidou, remain missing.

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Two vacationing couples, including sisters, and a fishing boat captain were on a charter boat that was found partially submerged off southeast Alaska over the weekend amid rough seas, family members said Wednesday.

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

The search for the four missing people was called off by the Coast Guard Monday night. The soldiers released their names on Wednesday.

Maury Agcaoili, 57, of Waipahu, Hawaii, was found unconscious in the water near the boat Sunday and later pronounced dead, according to authorities. His partner Danielle Agcaoili, 53, is among the missing boaters. The missing also include her sister Brandi Tyau, 56, of Canoga Park, California; Tyau’s partner, Robert Solis, 61; and the ship’s captain, Morgan Robidou, 32, of Sitka.

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.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Ian Gray said the region was experiencing seas of 6 to 11 feet on Sunday.

Austin McDaniel, a spokesman for the Alaska State Police, said Wednesday that the three passengers and the captain are still listed as missing persons. He said authorities hope to learn more once the ship is recovered.

The soldiers said efforts to recover the vessel have been ongoing, with rough seas and strong winds in the area.

The Solis brothers 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. The couple loved to fish together.

“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.”

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.

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