Lost at sea

So yesterday I added a case of six commercial fishermen who disappeared off the coast of Alaska when the fishing vessel Destination sank in 2017 with the loss of all hands on board. I think this was the largest “lost at sea” group of disappearances, and possibly the largest group of “lost/injured missing” people I’ve put up: Kai Jamal Hamik, Jeffrey Hathaway, Charles “Glenn” Jones, Lawrence Vincent “Larry” O’Grady, Darrik Monroe Seibold and Raymond Jay Vincler.

I also added Eric Lawrence Eder, an Alaska fisherman who fell off a fishing trawler off the coast of Alaska, and Angela Chingliak, whose body was never found after her boat sank in Goodnews Bay off the coast of Alaska.

I’m sure you’re sensing a pattern here. I got all those names off this list of missing persons in Alaska, which has 1,231 entries as of this writing. It’s just names and dates of disappearance, nothing else. The list of active missing persons bulletins, which has fliers with photos and the standard info, is much shorter. It has I think 117 people, unless I lost count.

Alaska DOES have a pretty high crime rate, but a lot of the missing persons on its list are only “missing” in a technical sense: their fates are known, and in many instances so are their approximate whereabouts. They’re just on the lists in case their bodies turn up and need to be identified.

I’m not sure how far I’m willing to go with groups of lost/injured missing people. I mean, six is one thing, but I know there’s one ship that sunk in the Bering Sea and with like 45 people on board, almost all of whom perished, and they never found the bodies. I wouldn’t want to put up THAT group, and those 40-some people may very well be on that list of Alaska missings.

I guess it’s just a judgment call.

7 thoughts on “Lost at sea

  1. Patrick Kerrigan December 12, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    According to an article a commission was created under President Trump to review all these missing and crimes committed against Native Americans and Alaskans. It will come under the supervision of Attorney General William Barr. I did not come across any names or backgrounds of those on the commission.

  2. M Chingliak December 12, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    Hi, the profile picture you have for Angela is incorrect. That’s her mom.

    • Meaghan December 12, 2019 / 11:57 pm

      Whoops! I’m so glad you caught that. I got it off her Facebook; I will use another.

  3. Catherine December 13, 2019 / 12:17 am

    I’m very thankful my brother and husband no longer work in shipping or fishing. I remember when that processor boat went down. What a tragedy.

  4. J. Leon December 13, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    As to how far you want to go with adding groups of lost/injured/missing disaster victims, maybe consideration of the nature of the incident and its effect on how likely someone is to come across any of the missing or their remains should be taken into account. A group of hikers or hunters who get permanently lost in the wilderness or a team of mountain climbers overtaken by an avalanche is one thing; a fishing boat 40 fathoms down is quite another. After all, none of the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald are (to my knowledge) officially listed as missing anywhere. Although none of their remains were recovered, their location is known.

    With that said-and with regard to a similar Alaska incident that resulted in names being added to Charley-I couldn’t help but notice that your entries for last year’s Denali sightseeing airplane crash (http://charleyproject.org/case/craig-steven-layson http://charleyproject.org/case/janusz-piotr-intek http://charleyproject.org/case/maria-teresa-libacka http://charleyproject.org/case/kazimierz-jozef-miernik http://charleyproject.org/case/robert-sieniawski) still show the wrong tail number. It should be N323KT.

    Enough nagging, though. Hope you’re better.

    • Meaghan December 13, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      Fixed the tail number!

    • Vincent December 13, 2019 / 6:47 pm

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