Bodies of 5 clam diggers found dead off Alaska

By MARY PEMBERTON | May 18, 2011 | 6:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have found the last two bodies of five clam diggers who went missing from a skiff off Alaska.

Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley says the two bodies were spotted Wednesday by a guard helicopter crew on the mudflats well off the beach near Polly Creek.

Three other bodies had been found southwest of Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet, just off the creek where the Pacific Alaska Shellfish harvests clams.

The five were contract workers for the company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pacific Seafood Group, headquartered in Clackamas, Ore.

Mosley says the weather was clear with relatively light wind and moderate waves when the clam diggers went missing from the 20-foot boat Tuesday.

He says three bodies had life jackets, while the two recovered Wednesday didn't.