CAPTAINS BAY

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Unalaskans are still looking for Willy Robinson, an island resident who went missing last week while fishing in Captains Bay.

While police called off their two-day search last Thursday and described the likelihood of finding Robinson alive as "very, very slim," his family and friends are hoping to recover his body.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Police say the disappearance of Unalaska resident Willy Robinson likely stemmed from an incident in the waters of Captains Bay.

The exact circumstances are a "mystery," according to Acting Director Jennifer Shockley of the Department of Public Safety.

But investigators who searched the island where Robinson was fishing this weekend found no signs of foul play or an emergency on land.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Police say the man whose body was found Monday in a creek near Captains Bay probably fell to his death.

Unalaska Director of Public Safety Michael Holman said 45-year-old Gregg Kortesma was pronounced dead at the scene after a pair of local hikers discovered his body in Ruth Rock Creek.

"The body was located at the bottom of a steep cliff and there's substantial blunt force trauma to the head, all of which is consistent with a fall down that cliff into the rocky creek bottom," said Holman.

Melissa Good/Alaska Sea Grant

Unalaska has seen a lot of whale activity in recent years, with many pods passing through the bay and even a few entanglements. 

That's why Melissa Good wants to train more local people to respond to distressed whales.

"The Marine Mammal Stranding Network has been arranging funding to do a training out here," said Good, an agent for the Alaska Sea Grant program and a level one entangled whale responder. "I think it's highly likely that we'll either have a training next summer or the summer after."

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Police are investigating after a dead body was discovered Monday in Unalaska's Ruth Rock Creek at the end of Captains Bay.

The Department of Public Safety has identified the man as 45-year-old Gregg T. Kortesma, who was found with "significant head injuries" by a pair of local hikers.

Police say Kortesma worked sporadically in Unalaska over the last 20 years, most recently on the fishing vessel Alaska Trojan.

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