Coast Guard Station Juneau rescues person in the water

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers rescued a woman from the water in Gastineau Channel near downtown Juneau early Friday morning.

The woman was transferred to emergency medical personnel for transport to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center watchstanders received notification from Juneau Police Department that a 35-year-old female jumped in to the water at Steamship Dock near the cruise ships in downtown Juneau. Soon after entering the water, she became unresponsive.

The watchstanders immediately directed the launch of a Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew. The boat crew located and successfully recovered the woman. The crew initiated first aid and the woman became responsive.

“As we move into the fall and temperatures are dropping, it becomes increasingly dangerous to enter the water without appropriate cold weather gear,” said Cmdr. Patrick Hilbert, deputy commander, Sector Juneau. “Stay alert and watch out for each other when near the water.”

The weather on scene at the time of the rescue was reported to be 52 degrees water temperature, 35 mph winds, and rain.

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