Coast Guard rescues overdue hunter near Juneau

U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 rescue helicopter

USCG file photo

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard rescued an overdue hunter off Lincoln Island while assisting in a search with Alaska State Troopers 15 miles northwest of Juneau at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tommy Jimmy Jr., a 50-year-old male, was reported overdue after two of his friends alerted the crew on a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Juneau while on patrol at 4:50 p.m.

The Coast Guard launched a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka and a 47-foot motor lifeboat with personnel from Juneau Mountain Rescue at 6:30 p.m.

The helicopter crew arrived in the area of Lincoln Island and saw a flashing light. The flashing light was confirmed to be Jimmy Jr. by a rescue swimmer lowered from the rescue helicopter.

The rescue helicopter crew hoisted Jimmy Jr. and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel at the Juneau International Airport who transferred him to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau at 9 p.m.

The 25-foot response boat towed the hunters vessel to Juneau Saturday evening.

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