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USCG crew rescues stranded Ketchikan teens


May 01, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - A Coast Guard small boat crew from Station Ketchikan rescued three stranded teenagers Friday night from the shore of Betton Island near Knudson Cove.

The Coast Guard received a call from Alaska State Troopers at 10:26 p.m. Friday reporting three teens had swamped their skiff and were stranded on Betton Island. The teens built a campfire on the beach and waited for help to arrive.

Station Ketchikan dispatched a boat crew to the scene.

"It took us about an hour to reach them," said Petty Officer Nicholas Crews, the coxswain aboard the small boat. "The teens were headed to Betton Island to go camping when it happened."

"The teenagers had to wade in chest deep water to reach the shore," Crews said. "We treated all of them for hypothermia right away and returned them to the marina in Knudson Cove and delivered them safely to a family member.

The three youths were reported to have no injuries or medical concerns.


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United States Coast Guard

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