Boaters rescued off Admiralty Island

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Seven people were rescued from Admiralty Island after their boats encountered harsh weather and mechanical problems Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

The group was en route to Admiralty in two boats for a camping trip when they encountered seven-foot seas and high winds.

One of the boats ran out of fuel and the other boat experienced mechanical problems while trying to assist, causing the group to become stranded on the east side of the island.

The Coast Guard sent a rescue boat after the group called 911 at about 9:46 a.m. A Tal Air floatplane also landed after spotting a beach fire and flew one member of the group, Michael Stitt of Juneau, back to Juneau.

Stitt provided the Coast Guard with a more detailed location of the other six people and a rescue boat picked them up.

The six rescued are Doug Green of Longview Wash., Okawa Yasuhiro of Japan, Sara Dillon of Seattle, Matt Cooper of Seattle, Carey Graham of British Columbia, and Darrell Wetherall, of Juneau. A Labrador retriever was also rescued.

All were uninjured. The Coast Guard found one of the boats but could not locate the second boat.

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