Coast Guard rescues three hunters near Sitka

Coast Guard District 17 NewsJUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka rescued three missing hunters 20 miles from Sitka at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The three men, all listed in good condition, left for a weekend hunting trip aboard a 17-foot vessel on Saturday and were reported missing to Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders when they did not show up at work Wednesday morning.

The MH-60 crew was diverted from a routine patrol to conduct a search of the sea and shoreline between Sitka and Sevenfathom Bay, the destination of the hunters. The Coast Guard and Mountain Rescue coordinated a local investigation for the missing men and conducted an extended communications search in Sitka.

The three hunters became stranded at a cabin near Sevenfathom Bay when their vessel, still missing, broke free of its mooring and drifted away.

Anyone with knowledge regarding the location of the missing skiff should contact (907) 463-2991.

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