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Media Contact: (907) 463-2065

17th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: May 31, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst

Office: (907) 463-2065

Mobile: (907) 321-1866

Coast Guard rescues stranded mariner near Juneau, Alaska

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 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.

For more information contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst at 907-321-1866.

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