Coast Guard responds to 11 people in the water near Haines

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 File Photo

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew responded to 11 people in the water from an overturned canoe in the vicinity of Glacier Point, nine miles south of Haines, Alaska, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report of an unconscious person in the water near Glacier Point and diverted a Jayhawk aircrew to respond. A small boat from the canoe excursion company was on scene but was unable to reach the individual because of the water depth.

The Jayhawk aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer, retrieved the unconscious person from the water and brought them to shore. The remaining 10 people were able to make their way to shore with no reported medical concerns and were transported to the awaiting excursion small boat for further transport to Pyramid Harbor, approximately 4-miles south southwest of Haines.

The unconscious person was transported to Juneau.

Weather on scene was 7-mph winds, 2-foot seas, 11-miles visibility, an air temperature of 66 degrees and a water temperature of 57 degrees.

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