Coast Guard rescues kayaker near Ketchikan

17th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew rescued a kayaker near Ketchikan Sunday.

The Coast Guard was notified by the Alaska State Troopers at 10:30 a.m. of a person in the water in Thorn Arm, about 12 miles southeast of Ketchikan.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene and took the kayaker aboard, who was reportedly showing signs of severe hypothermia. He was reportedly not wearing his life jacket. The small boat crew brought the kayaker to Ketchikan where awaiting emergency medical services took him to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for further medical care.

“Due to the coordinated efforts between the Coast Guard assets, Alaska State Troopers, and EMS, we were able to rescue the kayaker and get him to further medical care,” said Vince Grochowski, a search and rescue coordinator with Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The Coast Guard constantly works closely with its partner agencies to assist and rescue mariners in distress.”

Mariners are reminded to file a float plan, dress for the conditions and take multiple forms of communication with them to improve their chances of reaching response services in the event of an emergency.

National Safe Boating Week is May 19 – 25. Wear it! Always wear your life jacket!

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