Wrangell boater found dead

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.
Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.

A missing Wrangell boater was found dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers.

Searchers saw a body floating in Earl West Cove, about 12 air miles southeast of Wrangell.

Next of kin positively identified the body as Kenneth Trammel, a 53-year-old Wrangell resident.

Trammel’s 38-foot Bayliner, the Thalassa, had not been located as of Wednesday afternoon.

Trammel left Wrangell in his boat Nov. 5 and was scheduled to return Nov. 10.

Wrangell Search and Rescue conducted an aerial search Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and Good Samaritans joined the search Monday, and continued search efforts Tuesday and Wednesday.

Trammel’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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