Man rescued from burning boat

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard airlifted a man from Point Baker to Juneau on Friday after Good Samaritans rescued him from a burning boat.

Kim Peterson, 43, from near Craig, was on board the Barbara Jean when it caught fire near Kuiu Island in the Keku Strait about 140 miles south of Juneau.

Peterson called the Coast Guard Rescue and Coordination Center in Juneau. Good Samaritans Sam Carlson, Herb Hoyt and Elmer Duncan of the fishing vessel Ruffies One responded, took him off the boat and rendered first aid.

Peterson was transported aboard the Ruffies One to Point Baker, where he received attention from a local emergency medical technician.

An Air Station Sitka HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter transported Peterson to Juneau in stable condition.

Peterson, a commercial fisherman for 20 years in Southeast Alaska, was returning to the Point Baker area after fishing for halibut. Along with his boat and fishing gear, Peterson told the Juneau Empire, he lost all the money he made during the halibut season and six months worth of groceries he had just bought to stock the ship before heading back out to fish for king salmon.

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