Coast Guard Station Juneau rescues person from water in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers rescued a person from the water in Gastineau Channel near the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in Juneau early Friday morning.

A Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew rescued the man from the water before transporting him to Aurora Harbor and turning him over to police custody.

Local residents contacted Juneau Police Department reporting a male voice yelling for help. The Juneau Police Department contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders around 1:15 a.m. The watchstanders directed the launch of the Station Juneau boat crew.

The Station Juneau boat crew located the man and recovered him at 1:49 a.m. The man was in an 8-foot row boat that he painted red. He stated he was attempting to reach his boat which is anchored in Auke Bay.

“Mariners are cautioned to wear a life jacket when operating a vessel at night,” said Lt. Stacey Tate, command duty officer, Sector Juneau. “Thanks to the local residents who contacted police, we were able to reach the individual quickly.”

The 8-foot row boat sank outside of the channel and does not pose a hazard to navigation.

The man was transported by Juneau police to Bartlett Hospital.

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