CUTTER DOUGLAS MUNRO

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into the January death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, died in Unalaska while the vessel was in port for repairs. The Virginia man went missing while off-duty and was found unresponsive on "the west side of Amaknak Island."

Lauren Dean/U.S. Coast Guard

As the winter fishing season winds down, the U.S. Coast Guard has demobilized its temporary bases in St. Paul and Cold Bay.

Last week, the agency announced that helicopter crews conducted 24 search-and-rescue operations during their three-month deployment from Kodiak, with help from the cutters Alex Haley, John Midgett, and Douglas Munro.

In total, officials estimated the crews spent more than 110 hours saving the lives of 19 people and assisting 29 others.

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Eleven days after his body was found on the "west side" of Amaknak Island, the U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the death of 19-year-old Ethan Kelch.

The crewman died in Unalaska last week while his vessel, the Cutter Douglas Munro, was in port for repairs.

"It's still under investigation, and we can't provide any comments as of yet," said Lt. Brian Dykens of the Coast Guard's public affairs office in Juneau.

United States Coast Guard

Updated 2/4/19

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Ethan Kelch, 19, was reported missing on the night of Saturday, Jan. 26, according to Lt. Brian Dykens of Coast Guard Public Affairs.

After a ground and air search, the Virginia man was found unresponsive that Sunday on the "west side of Amaknak Island."

"The Cutter Douglas Munro was in port receiving repairs, and the incident occurred early Sunday morning," said Dykens.