Coast Guard, federal, state agencies locate,rescue overdue boater on Hogan Island, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and Forest Service located and rescued the missing boater reported overdue on Hogan Island, Friday evening.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the man for transport to a hospital in Sitka at approximately 7 p.m.

A Forest Service float plane crew spotted the missing boater’s skiff and relayed the location to the Jayhawk helicopter crew. The Forest Service crew landed near the survivor on a rock pinnacle two miles south of his skiff.

Once the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene, a rescue swimmer was lowered and the mariner was hoisted for transport to Sitka.

The boater had reportedly run out of gas and drifted into the north side of Hogan Island. The man was found in good health.

Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived on scene and recovered the skiff.

“This was a great team effort between the Coast Guard, federal, state and local partners, and good Samaritans who aided us in searching and successfully locating the missing mariner,” said Lt. Jason Condon, Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot. “We appreciate all the assistance we received during this mission and are glad we were able to get the man the help he needed.”

Weather at the time of the rescue was reported as 17 mph winds and 10 miles visibility.

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