Search Still Underway for Missing Man Near Napaskiak

by Lakeidra Chavis on September 20, 2015

Breakup is slow at Napaskiak, May 10. Photo by Karl Edwards, DHS&EM

Breakup is slow at Napaskiak, May 10. Photo by Karl Edwards, DHS&EM

This article will be updated as more information develops.

A search and rescue is still underway for 26-year-old George Mute of Kongiganak. The search has expanded to include portions of the Kuskokwim River.

Mute went missing Wednesday evening, Sept. 16,  about a mile from the village of Napaskiak, according to Bethel search and rescue official Mike Riley.

Riley says the search is now concentrating on the river, and it is being considered a recovery effort now.

Riley encourages community members from Bethel and Napaskiak to assist with search efforts. Search and rescue volunteers include people from those two communities, as well as Kwethluk, Akiachak and Kongiganuk.

Napaskiak rescue officials began a ground search for Mute Thursday afternoon, which is continuing today.

A Bethel search and rescue team arrived Thursday, to assist with the ground and river search, according to Alaska State Troopers public information officer Tim Despain. Alaska State Wildlife Troopers also conducted an aerial search on Friday.

Mute and two others were on a boat on the south side of the Kuskokwim Wednesday, when their boat became stranded on a sandbar.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that AST arrived Friday afternoon, but they arrived on Thursday.

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