Coast Guard rescues paddle boarder near Wrangell, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Air Station Sitka MH-60 FIle Photo

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a 17-year-old injured paddle boarder near Wrangell, Alaska, Sunday evening.

The helicopter crew hoisted and transported the paddle boarder to local emergency medical services personnel in Wrangell.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a request for Coast Guard assistance from Wrangell Search and Rescue to assist a stranded minor who fell off his paddle board on Pat’s Lake outside Wrangell. The minor had lost his paddle board and was stranded and injured on a log jam.

“This rescue was possible due to the joint effort between Wrangell Fire Department and SAR and the Coast Guard,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Gee, Sector Juneau watchstander. “Due to concerns over a possible back injury, Wrangell SAR requested a helicopter hoist to remove the paddle boarder from the lake.”

Weather at the time of the rescue was reported as overcast with light rain and 20 mph winds.

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