Fisherman Dies After Going Overboard

Sad story in the Alaska Dispatch News on the death of a commercial fisherman who went overboard.

Here’s ADN with more:

 A Cordova man was found dead Thursday after going overboard in the Copper River flats during a stormy commercial fishing opener.

Clifford “Mick” Johns, 69, had been fishing alone that day on his 29-foot gillnetter, named Dances With Clams.

At about 9 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a report that the boat was “driving around in circles with no one onboard” near Pete Dahl Slough, an area of the Copper River flats fishing grounds southeast of Cordova, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

“It didn’t look like anybody was manning it,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios of the Coast Guard’s District 17 Public Affairs Office in Juneau.

Two Alaska Wildlife Troopers went to the scene with help from a fisherman whose boat could navigate the shallow water, troopers said.

Our thoughts are with Johns’ loved ones.