66-year-old rescued from Montague Island after being stranded for three days

Photo from U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Palen
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A 66-year-old man was rescued after three days stuck on Montague Island at the entrance of Prince William Sound after his boat struck a rock and sank.

The Coast Guard sent out a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and brought him back to Cordova, where he was apparently dehydrated, but without any other serious problems.

The man was first sighted at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning by another passing vessel, which reported multiple people in survival suits, but the Jayhawk crew that arrived found just one man.

Despite calm winds for the rescue and seas of five feet, the Coast Guard said that emphasized the importance of boats having survival equipment.

“With the severe temperature drops, even in the summer, preparation increases the likelihood of survivability,” said Lt. J.G. Angella Thuotte, a Sector Anchorage command duty officer.

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