Woman rescued after falling off charter boat

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A 40-year-old woman was airlifted from a vessel near Admiralty Island on Wednesday after she fell off a charter boat into the water, the Coast Guard said.

Jill Ashman, a passenger on the 64-foot Snow Goose, fell from the top deck of the vessel onto a railing and then into the chilly water of Gambier Bay, the Coast Guard said.

Ashman swam to the side of the boat and climbed back on board via swim ladder but still needed medical attention, officials said.

Helicopter response from Sitka was delayed because of unexpected aircraft difficulties, the Coast Guard said, so the cutter Liberty, based in Juneau, was instructed to rendezvous with the Snow Goose. Before the Liberty could get under way, a helicopter from Air Station Sitka was airborne.

Around midnight, the helicopter crew hoisted Ashman on board and transferred her to Sitka Community Hospital, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Juneau is investigating the accident.

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