Boat accident in Alaska kills former Tri-Citian, 17

Tri-City HeraldJune 26, 2014 

The body of a 17-year-old boy who grew up in the Tri-Cities has been recovered by Alaska state troopers after a boat he was on capsized.

Casey Burt was one of four people on the commercial fishing boat when it overturned in the Ugashik River on the Alaska Peninsula on June 22 in heavy winds and 4-foot waves, said an Alaska State Trooper dispatch.

Two occupants, Brandon Michael Park, 24, of West Richland, and Earnest Pierce, 47, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., were found clinging to the capsized boat and were rescued by other nearby fishing boats.

Casey and Charles Anthony Voss, 38, of Sterling, Alaska, reportedly attempted to swim for shore. Voss was later found unresponsive in the water and declared dead. None of the boat's occupants were wearing a life preserver.

Burt attended Richland High School before his family moved to Nine Mile Falls a few years ago.

Friends have established a memorial Facebook page called R.I.P. Casey Burt. A candlelight vigil in his memory will be at 8:30 p.m. today at the swimming dock in Howard Amon Park in Richland. Attendees are asked to bring candles and balloons.

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