Search For Missing Teens Called Off
ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) _ The Coast Guard on Wednesday called off a search for three teen-agers who vanished after they set out in a skiff four days earlier for what was supposed to be a short trip.
Petty Officer Tod Lyons said the search would not be resumed unless more evidence was found about what happened to Keith Humenik, 16, and Mitch Zimny and Tony Beirnes, both 17, after they set out Saturday.
An oar from the 11-foot skiff was found Tuesday. Nothing was found Wednesday.
The high school juniors left Fidalgo Island on Saturday for Young Island, a mile and a half away, in calm and sunny weather. They expected to be gone for about an hour, said Zimny’s mother, Marlys Daniel.
The borrowed skiff had a 7 1/2 -horsepower engine with six gallons of gasoline in the tank.
Mrs. Daniel said she didn’t know if the boys, all who had commercial fishing experience in Alaska, planned to fish or just went to explore. They didn’t take any camping gear, she said.
Zimny’s brother, Ron, was a relief skipper on a commercial fishing boat that vanished in Alaskan waters in November.
Ron Beirnes, Tony’s father, was the captain of the crab vessel Altair that sank in stormy Alaskan seas in February 1983. Altair’s sister ship, Americus, also sank in the same area. All 14 people aboard the two Anacortes-based vessels were lost.