Coast Guard rescues stranded mariner near Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska—A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a stranded mariner from the shore of St. James Bay, near Juneau Friday.

The aircrew located the man on a beach, after finding his 10-foot skiff adrift, and transported him to the people that reported him missing at a nearby cabin.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders were initially notified by the crew of a 21-foot vessel that the missing man did not return from checking crab pots in the skiff. Watchstanders immediately directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat-small crew, who searched the shore for three hours without finding the man.

At first light, the Air Station Sitka helicopter crew began a search and found the man stranded on a beach. The man’s skiff reportedly floated away overnight while he waited for sunrise.

The helicopter crew returned the uninjured man to his friends at a cabin on St. James Bay.

“The owner of the skiff was prepared with a life jacket and let someone know where he was going, but sometimes things just go wrong,” said Vince Grochowski, a watchstander at Sector Juneau. “Our response personnel train constantly to be prepared when someone finds themselves in trouble in the enormous Alaska wilderness.”

The skiff was recovered by its owner.

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