Palmer residents rescued after climbing plan thwarted

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Four Palmer residents who intended to climb Augustine Volcano on an island in Cook Inlet were rescued by the Coast Guard after they wrote an SOS message on a beach.

Jim Turner, his sons Joseph, 16, and Daniel, 14, and family friend Clark Russell had taken a 22-foot Boston whaler boat to Augustine Island on Thursday.

They landed on the west side of the island. However, it could only be reached during an especially high tide, said Coast Guard Lt. Michele Schallip in Juneau.

Once they were ashore, there were no tides high enough for them to float the boat again, Schallip said.

A plane saw their SOS on Sunday and called the Coast Guard, which sent a helicopter from Kodiak and hoisted the four up. The beach was too rocky to land on, Schallip said.

The four were not due home until Sunday night.

Turner is a former Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly member.



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