Joshua Monette '19 reported missing off the coast of Washington

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 4/3/17 2:23pm

UPDATE: April 7, 2017 

Joshua Monette ’19 was reported missing on Sunday from Cape Flattery in Washington, senior associate dean of student affairs Liz Agosto confirmed. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound and the Neah Bay Fire Department both began searches for him on Sunday.

The Coast Guard suspended its search shortly before 10 a.m. PST on Monday, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson Jonathan Klingenberg. He noted that many factors go into the decision to suspend a search and the “survivability window” varies based on time, weather and temperature.

The Neah Bay Fire Department’s search is still ongoing as of 9 p.m. Monday evening, according to dispatcher Neil Braven.

According to a U.S. Coast Guard press release, the Neah Bay Fire Department received a call that a man had been swept from the rocks near the Hole in Wall cove in Cape Flattery on Sunday and reported the incident to the Coast Guard.

Agosto said a family member of Monette notified the College that Monette was missing and that an open search had begun.

In a statement provided to The Dartmouth, Dean of the College Rebecca Biron wrote that the College is awaiting additional news and is reaching out to friends of Monette to provide support.   

Monette is a member of the Native American community at the College. Interim director of the Native American Program Kianna Burke said that the program is offering its lounge in Robinson Hall 204 as a support space for its students. 

Students, faculty and staff can contact Safety and Security at (603) 646-4000 if they would like to speak to a counselor. Counseling staff at Dick's House are available during regular business hours at (603) 646-9442, and the counselor on-call can be contacted in the evening at (603) 626-9440 or through Safety and Security. 

Individuals can also reach out to undergraduate deans, residential staff and house professors, undergraduate advisors and Tucker Center staff and religious leaders for support and counsel.