Coast Guard rescues man twice in nine days

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard said it rescued a Ketchikan man twice in nine days.

Donald Lawson Jr., 19, was rescued Wednesday afternoon on Blank Island in Southeast Alaska after the Coast Guard noticed him waving his arms frantically while they were conducting training exercises.

They determined he had swam ashore three days earlier after his 13 foot boat capsized. Lawson got into trouble as he was trying to return to the island to retrieve camping equipment left from a previous excursion.

The Coast Guard on March 12 found him lost and disoriented on Blank Island after he'd become separated from his camping companions and they reported him missing. The second time Lawson got in trouble no one knew he was missing because he failed to tell family or friends of his plans, the Coast Guard said.

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