Details of Disappearance Chingliak was last seen in Goodnews Bay, Alaska on September 7, 2012. She and her two brothers-in-law, Rick Ross and Sam Pavala, were bringing donated food from the Platinum fish processing plant twelve miles to their village, in a flat-bottomed 20-foot boat with an inboard V-8 motor, when the boat sank in the bay.
One of the men called for help on a cellular phone as the boat was going down and a search was launched. Rescuers found Ross and Pavala's bodies in the water, but were unable to locate Chingliak.
The vessel was probably not overloaded, but it was designed for river travel, not ocean travel, and had low sides. There was a strong west wind that day, and this combined with the outgoing tide may have created rough water in the bay and swamped the boat. It was later found sunk in ten feet of water about four miles from Platinum.
Chingliak's body has never been found, but she is presumed drowned.
- Alaska State Troopers
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