Juneau man grounds boat 30 feet on shore

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau resident ran his cabin cruiser about 30 feet up onto shore near the North Douglas boat ramp, officials said Monday.

The 55-year-old man, whose name was not released, apparently was suffering some health problems Sunday afternoon when he lost control of the boat. His wife was on shore taking photos and alerted authorities.

The man was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center where he was in serious condition Monday.

Capt. Pete Hettinger of Capital City Fire and Rescue said the man lost consciousness and grounded his 24-foot Bayliner cabin cruiser about a half-mile southeast of the North Douglas boat ramp.

The Coast Guard responded with a boat crew. Petty Officer Darrell Wilson said the man was not intoxicated. The Juneau Police Department and the Fire Department also responded.

Sheryl Washburn, an official at Bartlett Regional Hospital, said the man was seen in the hospital's emergency room about two weeks ago for severe head pain and fainting spells.

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