Low clouds obscure Prince of Wales Island in July, 2020. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)

A man remains missing after a fishing vessel ran aground near Point Baker on Prince of Wales Island Sunday, November 27 in the afternoon. That’s according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers. The boat was the “Randi Jo.” There were two adults on the boat—a man and a woman. 

Both were able to escape the boat and get into a skiff and make it to a small rock island. Then, both the boat and skiff were lost. 

The woman spent 24 hours on the rock island with her dog before a good samaritan vessel picked her up. Troopers say she declined medical evaluation. 

The man, 27-year-old  Arne Dahl of Point Baker, is still missing. He tried to swim to the next island on Sunday and was not seen again. The U.S. Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue searched the area for multiple hours to find him, but couldn’t. 

Tim Buness is Fire Chief and heads Search and Rescue for Wrangell’s Fire Department. He says the search started the afternoon after the boat was lost. 

“I think the Coast Guard got their first call about 1:30 or quarter to quarter to two on Monday,” said Buness, “and the boat actually went down the day before just after dark.”

Buness says they worked with the Coast Guard to search the area. The Coast Guard used their helicopter.

“They got there just shortly after our airplane got there,” said Buness, “and our plane and the [helicopter] were able to coordinate what areas that they wanted us to search.”

He says he’s in awe that the woman survived overnight. 

“You know, I think it was pretty amazing that she was able to get through the night,” said Buness. “You know, it was fairly cool out, somewhere around 26 degrees, and it was probably a little windy on that rock that she was on.”

According to Troopers, the active search and rescue ended yesterday, Tuesday. If new information emerges, the state troopers and coast guard may re-start a search and rescue.