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Coast Guard rescue two people and two dogs in Kah Sheets Bay

Archive image: JUNEAU, Alaska – A MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, Alaska, lands to drop off a baby that was in need of medical care April 25, 2009.
U.S.bCoast Guard photo by PA3 Jon-Paul Rios.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard rescue two people and your two dogs the Sunday in Kah Sheets Bay approximately 18 miles from Petersburg, Alaska.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew hoisted two people from their 20-foot skiff and were transported to Petersburg. There were no reported injuries or medical concerns.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a report from a good Samaritan at approximately 7:21 a.m. of a man overboard in Kah Sheets Bay after the owner of the skiff fell in the water when the vessel ran aground. The skiff with one person aboard became stuck between logs and the owner was able to get back aboard.

Archive image: a MH-60 JayHawk crew 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.

Sector Juneau command center personnel directed the launch the Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew.

«The individuals in this case were in a very difficult situation with their vessel wedged underneath an overhanging tree and surrounded by swift water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Eckstein, the rescue swimmer from the rescue. “They had the right equipment on board, including an operational VHF radio and brightly colored signals, that enabled us to find them quickly and provide assistance.»


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