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Fisherman still missing near Forks

March 25th, 2014 - 5:45am

(Forks) – Officials have scaled back the active search for a missing Sequim man on the Bogachiel River.

But they are now asking for the public's help in trying to locate 79-year-old William Rusk.

On Friday, Rusk and his male fishing partner from Canada overturned their drift boat on the Bogachiel River just after launching at the Bogachiel Way fish hatchery in Forks. The Canadian friend was able to make it to shore to call for assistance. But Rusk is still missing.

The overturned boat later was found on the bottom of the Bogachiel River approximately two miles down river. Deputies from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Volunteers from the Clallam County Sheriff’s search and rescue team, La Push Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a two day search of the river and surrounding area without results.

Rusk is described as being 5 foot 8 inches tall, 180 lbs., has grey hair and grey beard, wearing a grey checkered hat, tan jacket, blue jeans and green chest waders.

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