Coast Guard rescues man after boat capsizes near Juneau

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued a man after his boat capsized near Shelter Island near Juneau, Saturday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoisted the uninjured man from Shelter Island and brought him to Juneau.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a cell phone call from the man at about 10:54 a.m., stating his 12-foot Zodiac had become disabled after capsizing and was now adrift near the north end of Shelter Island. He stated that he had re-righted the boat, but that the engine would not start, and he would attempt to row to Shelter Island.

The man activated his inReach SOS device when his boat capsized, providing a location for the Coast Guard. He was wearing an anti-exposure suit.

Sector Juneau watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, requested the helicopter launch from Air Station Sitka, and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launch from Coast Guard Station Juneau.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and located the man on the shore of Shelter Island.

“Fortunately the individual was wearing an anti-exposure suit, and was equipped with an inReach device and a cell phone to notify us of his location,” said Petty Officer Brian Wells, Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “All of these factors contributed to his survival despite the adverse weather conditions.”

Conditions at the time of the incident included an air temperature of about 32 degrees and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

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