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5/15/2019
Time for comfort

The loss of life in Ketchikan this week made for solemn days.

Two local floatplanes with 14 passengers from the Princess Cruises line went down in George Inlet about midday Monday.

Such incidents strike hard in this island community where the pilots are known, floatplanes are part of the daily landscape, Ketchikan tries to be an excellent host and the cruise ship season is freshly started.

The families and friends of those who died or were lost in the incidents and those of the injured survivors are in the community’s thoughts, and undoubtedly an untold number of prayers have been said on their behalf.

The prayers and community’s assistance will continue as the businesses involved, along with Ketchikan’s leaders, the medical community and all of the first responders and searchers — both professional and good Samaritans — respond to the best of their ability.

Ketchikan is united in taking care of all who suffer.

May the result be a fully felt sense of comfort by those most in need of it.