Coast Guard rescues stranded hunter near Juneau, Alaska

December 20, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued a stranded hunter from Chicagof Island near Juneau, Alaska, Friday evening. 

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the hunter and transferred him to Hoonah, Alaska. 

Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report of a hunter in distress after he became separated from his hunting party on Chicagof Island.  Sector Juneau watchstanders launched the helicopter crew to rescue the hunter.

“The hunter was able to keep communication with his hunting party with a handheld radio,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Georgette Lopez, watchstander, Coast Guard Sector Juneau.  “The radio provided us with a GPS location that aided us in quickly locating him during night hours.”

The weather on scene was reported as 32 degrees with moderate rain.