Coast Guard rescues person from water in Juneau, Alaska

45 Station JuneauJUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers rescued a person in the water from Gastineau Channel in Juneau Tuesday evening.

A Station Juneau Response Boat – Medium crew rescued the man from the water before transporting him to Lightering Dock and turning him over to police custody.

The Juneau Police Department contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders requesting assistance with a man who was spotted in the water near Lightering Docks in Gastineau Channel.  The watchstanders directed the launch of the Station Juneau boatcrew.

“Due to Alaska’s cold water temperatures, it’s dangerous to enter the water without appropriate cold weather gear,” said Lt. Joseph Reitmeyer, Sector Juneau command duty officer.  “Through coordination with the Juneau Police Department, we were able to locate and retrieve the man out of Gastineau Channel as quickly as possible.”

Weather on scene was reported as clear with calm seas.

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