Earlier this week they found footprints that may belong to one of the missing men near the mouth of the Kialik River about ten miles upriver of Tuntutuliak. That’s where they found Napoka’s boat submerged on Sunday. They continued to follow footprints and broken branches today, but they have found no sign of the men.
37-year-old Nick Cooke of Bethel and 46-year-old Jim Lee Napoka of Tuluksak have not been heard from in more than a week.
Bethel Search and Rescue is coordinating ground operations. Many villages have been involved including Eek, Napaskiak, Napakiak, Kwethluk, and Tuntutuliak.