Coast Guard rescues mother and son in Ugak Bay

USCG file photo

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew rescued a mother and son, residence unknown, in Ugak Bay Sunday evening after a friend reported them and two others overdue to the Coast Guard.

Candice Lotzer, 24, and her son, 7, were in an 18-foot aluminum skiff with the others and hunting between Pasagshak Bay and Gull Point 25 miles south of Kodiak and didn’t return when scheduled.

A friend called the Coast Guard around 8:53 p.m., and a helicopter already airborne diverted to search for the four near Pasagshak Bay. The rescue crew located their truck and trailer at the boat ramp around 10 p.m. and conducted a shoreline search.

The helicopter crew found the hunting party aground in Ugak Bay about 10:21 p.m. and safely hoisted the two because the child could potentially go into hypothermia. The other two decided to remain behind with the boat until it could be refloated at high tide. They arrived safely in Pasagshak Bay around 1:34 a.m

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