Ketchikan, Alaska (CBS News) — Federal investigators arrived Tuesday at the scene of a deadly mid-air crash in Alaska. Officials said six people are confirmed dead when the two sightseeing planes, carrying passengers from a cruise ship, collided near the town of Ketchikan.

The remains of the last two people missing were located Tuesday night, the Coast Guard said. 

Alaska Floatplanes Crash

This May 13, 2019 photo provided by Ryan Sinkey, shows a Coast Guard Station Ketchikan response boat crew searching for survivors from a downed floatplane in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska. Two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. (Ryan Sinkey via AP)

The victims have been identified as:

  • Randy Sullivan, 46-year-old male, pilot, from Ketchikan, Alaska.
  • Simon Bodie, 56-year-old male from Tempe, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Cassandra Webb, 62-year-old female from Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • Ryan Wilk, 39-year-old male, from Utah.
  • Louis Botha, 46-year-old female, from San Diego, California.
  • Elsa Wilk, 37-year-old female, from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

Earlier, Coast Guard crews searched the frigid waters where the planes went down. But an official said Alaska is extremely remote, and said it's "one of the most difficult conditions" to operate in.

The passengers were all from a massive cruise ship, the Royal Princess. After docking in Port of Ketchikan, one of the prized excursions was a float plane trip over fjords and glaciers.

One plane had five on board, and overturned. The other, carrying 11 people landed in the water, but started to sink.

Of all the places these planes could have gone down, somehow there was a lodge nearby. After the two float planes collided, the Coast Guard said volunteers sprang into action, getting into their own boats to rescue victims. Hypothermia was a major concern.

As many as 10 people made it out alive and the Coast Guard is giving credit to good Samaritans like Jacob Bauer.

"We jumped into the water searching for anything we could find, smacking floats yelling for people," Bauer said.

But Bauer's friend, who was operating the plane, died.

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