ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Teller man is missing after riding his ATV into Wednesday’s violent storm as it hit the Western Alaska village, Alaska State Troopers and the man's family say.
Kyle Komok, 26, was last seen around 4 p.m. Wednesday in Teller riding a yellow ATV out to a spit that separates the Bering Sea from the Imuruk Basin and is locally known as “the point,” said AST spokesperson Megan Peters Thursday.
Teller search-and-rescue volunteers are combing the area for Komok, who was out in severe conditions that included high winds and seas from 8 to 10 feet.
Troopers based in Nome are helping to coordinate the search, but aren’t in Teller because of continuing poor weather conditions in the area.
“The conditions at the time were high water and high winds,” Peters said. “Possibly he went out to see waves crashing in. We don’t really know for sure.”