Bethel Search and Rescue transitions to recovery operation

by Ben Matheson on November 1, 2013

The search and rescue effort for Nick Cooke and Jim Lee Napoka has switched to a recovery operation, according to Bethel Search and Rescue. The group says they began recovery operations at first light today. That decision was based on a meeting in Tuntutuliak last night with the elders. Crews will drag the Kialik river where the boat was found. A small crew will continue the search in back sloughs, creeks, and wooded areas. They say they will continue efforts, even after Alaska State Troopers have ended their involvement yesterday.

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