Search continues for two missing Yukon men

by John Active on March 8, 2013

Several communities are searching for two missing men from two Yukon River villages. Bethel Search and Rescue report that Ray Marsh of Marshall and Harvey Pitka Jr. of Russian Mission were traveling from Akiachak to Marshal. They left Thursday at 4 a.m.

Bethel SAR reported that someone from Akiachuk brought the two men to the first tripod or trail marker that starts the trail to the Yukon yesterday morning and the man urged the pair to try crossing the plain towards the Yukon after daylight, but the men refused.

Jackie George, the Marshall SAR organizer said they too are in their 2nd day SAR for the two men. George said they are regrouping today and yesterday they had 5 searchers out from Marshall.

George talked to Akaichuk SAR today and they told him that Akaichuk searchers had been following 2 snow-machine tracks yesterday between Marshall and Russian Mission along the Tundra Treeline but did not locate the men.

George said the trail from Akiachuk to Marshall is not well marked. George said some of the tripods might have fallen over due to deterioration and there are no markers been some of the lakes on the trail.

George said the weather today in Marshall is drizzling rain. The snow is melting quickly with a visibility of about 7 miles.

Yesterday, a State Trooper plane with two Bethel SAR spotters were sent looking for the men but did not find them either.

The men were traveling on two snowmachines, a green/black Arctic Cat and a blue/white Yamaha .

Bethel Search and Rescue says all volunteers should be on standby for SAR work today and that they should contact their SAR crew leaders they work with or go the Bethel SAR headquarters, for instruction or assignments.

Bethel SAR will be updating the search for the men as new information becomes available.

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