Three rescued after skiff capsizes near Ketchikan

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan sea urchin diver rescued three people unable to swim to shore after their 12-foot-long skiff capsized Saturday in the Tongass Narrows.

Commercial fisherman Pat Cassin called the Coast Guard shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, pulled the three from the water and transferred them to a Coast Guard boat, Coast Guard officials said.

Four people had managed to make it to shore safely.

But the three who had to be rescued were treading water about 30 yards from shore. One woman was suffering from hypothermia.

Coast Guard officials say the skiff was overloaded.

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