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Coast Guard rescue stranded rafter north of Haines, Alaska

Archive image: a MH-60 JayHawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, conducts a training flight at sunset, as seen here.
Search and Rescue (SAR) is one of the Coast Guard’s oldest missions. Minimizing the loss of life, injury, property damage or loss by rendering aid to persons in distress and property in the maritime environment has always been a Coast Guard priority. Coast Guard SAR response involves multi-mission stations, cutters, aircraft and boats linked by communications networks. Training is often conducted to keep the Coast Guard’ s crews ready for when duty calls.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by AET1 William Greer.

​ANCHORAGE, Alaska​ — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rescue a rafter Sunday after her pack raft capsized Saturday on the Klehini River north of Haines, Alaska.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka located the 42-year-old woman, who was exhibiting symptoms of mild hypothermia, and flew her to Haines where she was placed in the care of local EMS in stable condition.

Watch standers in the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center in Juneau first received the request for assistance at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday from Alaska State Troopers. AST had received a call from Customs and Border Protection stating that they’d located a man walking on the Haines Highway who reported that he and his female companion had become stranded on a sandbar where they’d spent the night. The man reported that he decided to swim across the river Sunday morning and hike to the road to find help.

Coast Guard rescue stranded rafter north of Haines, Alaska. MH-60 Jayhawk. HH-60J Jayhawk. Air Station Sitka.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter crew patrols south of Ketchikan.
Air Station Sitka operations ensure the safety and security of the residents and visitors to Southeast Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew was able to land directly on the sandbar where the woman was stranded before taking her aboard.


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