July 11, 2006
The Coast Guard cutter Liberty overheard a radio call from Glacier Bay National Park Rangers, just after 1 p.m, that two kayaks had overturned in Glacier Bay near McBride Glacier. One kayaker was reported to be clinging to an iceberg; the other had swam to shore. The Coast Guard responded with an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from air station Sitka.
They arrived on scene about 20 minutes after the initial call was heard. Both kayakers were on shore. The helicopter crew transported the two kayakers from the beach and delivered them safely to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Gustavus. They were mildly hypothermic according to the USCG.
Both kayakers were wearing a life jackets.
The Coast Guard encourages all recreators to wear life jackets when on the water. Under Alaska state law children under 13 must wear a life jacket when in an open boat or on the deck of a boat, kayaking and when water-skiing.
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