Local News

Ketchikan divers assist in pilot recovery effort

Divers from a Ketchikan dive business have successfully recovered the remains of the pilot who died in Tikchik Lake just north of Dillingham.

Seventy-one-year-old Newt Ball crashed into the lake on October 7th when going out to pick up a hunter and a guide. The two watched when the plane flipped over and sank while Ball was trying to land.

Ball was trapped inside the plane, which rested in 40 feet of water. High winds prevented a team from Alaska Commercial Divers Inc. of Ketchikan from recovering the body until Wednesday evening.

The body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office. Family and next of kin have been notified.

(From Alaska Public Radio Network)

Recent News

Coast Guard assisting in rescue off BC coast

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter SPAR heads south down Tongass Narrows on Friday, toward the Queen Charlotte Islands, to help with a drifting freighter in Canadian waters.
A 440-foot 11-crew freight vessel, the Simushir, ran into trouble off the coast of British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands on Friday, and was disabled and adrift, with about 167,000 gallons of fuel on board. more

Council approves study for failing sea wall

Ketchikan from the water
Council members and city officials stressed that they don’t intend for the city to take on the full burden of fixing the wall, which they say doesn’t even belong to the City of Ketchikan. more