Clam diggers found dead in Alaska, 2 missing

May 18, 2011 4:22:08 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard says three clam diggers have been found dead off the coast of Alaska after reports that their skiff had run into trouble. Petty Officer David Mosley says a Coast Guard rescue crew was responding to a report Tuesday of five missing clam diggers southwest of Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet. The crew quickly discovered two men dead about 1,700 yards from the shore. Workers from Pacific Alaska Shellfish, where the clam diggers worked, found a third man dead.

It's not clear what took down the men's 20-foot aluminum skiff. The company says the men were in transit after a day digging for clams. The Coast Guard received a distress signal around 4 p.m.

The Coast Guard is still looking for the other two missing men.

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