Local Teen Dies After Commercial Fishing Boat Capsizes In Alaska

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From Lakeside High School Facebook page:

Lakeside Community – It is with a heavy heart that we want to reach out to support our students. We will open our school and library at 8 AM June 26th for students to come in and write messages to Casey Burt’s family, to be together, or speak with a counselor. We all grieve in our own way; we want to be there to support all of our Nine Mile students through that process the best we can. We send our Thoughts and Prayers to the Burt Family.


From KREM 2 News:

Searchers in Alaska recovered the body of a 17-year-old from Nine Mile Falls on Tuesday.

Officials said Casey Burt was on a commercial fishing boat when it capsized on June 22, 2014. Burt attended Lakeside High School and was on the soccer team there. Those who knew Burt said he was also involved with the local Young Life chapter.

Alaska State Troopers located and recovered Burt’s body on Tuesday. Troopers said his body was located approximately half of a mile upriver from where the skiff originally overturned.

Troopers said three of the four occupants were found when the boat overturned. One of those three found was dead and identified as 38-year-old Charles Anthony Voss. Burt was missing.

Troopers said that preliminary investigation showed that the winds in the area were estimated at 25 MPH and the waves were estimated at four-feet when the ship overturned.  Earnest Pierce, 47, of Nine Mile Falls, WA and Brandon Michael Park, 24, of West Richland, WA were able to climb on top of the overturned skiff until rescued by other fishing boats, according to troopers.

Troopers said none of the occupants were wearing personal floation devices at the time of the incident.

Burt’s body was being transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage.

One thought on “Local Teen Dies After Commercial Fishing Boat Capsizes In Alaska

  1. Oh Casey……

    Casey was one of my all time favorite students when he went to Chief Jo. Casey was always pleasant, respectful and an awesome friend to my daughter. The world will be a little less bright without Casey in it. Prayers and sympathy to his family. Your loss is devastating for many.

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