ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — A boater was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after his 12-foot Zodiac capsized north of Shelter Island near Juneau Saturday morning.
A boater is hoisted to safety by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew on Shelter Island near Juneau, Nov. 9, 2019 (from U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska)
According to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska, Juneau-based Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from the man shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, who reported that his 12-foot Zodiac was adrift after capsizing. The man said he was able to right the boat after it capsized, but the engine was disabled, and that he was attempting to row to Shelter Island.
His location was broadcast via an inReach SOS device, and he was wearing an anti-exposure suit at the time.
A helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka and a response boat crew from Juneau responded.
The helicopter crew found the man on the shore of Shelter Island and hoisted him to safety.
“Fortunately the individual was wearing an anti-exposure suit, and was equipped with an inReach device and a cell phone to notify us of his location," said Petty Officer Brian Wells, Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “All of these factors contributed to his survival despite the adverse weather conditions.”
Temperatures at the time were recorded around 32°F with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
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