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Coast Guard boat crew rescues father and son


November 03, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a father and son from cold Alaskan waters Tuesday afternoon after their sail boat capsized near Ketchikan.

Personnel at Coast Guard Station Ketchikan received a phone call at 1:23 p.m. from a Good Samaritan who reported seeing a sail boat capsize south of Ketchikan near Mountain Point.  Two rescue boat crews were dispatched from Station Ketchikan.  The rescue crews arrived on scene at 1:50 p.m. and pulled Steve Hales, 54, and his 21 year old son Josh, from the water.  Both men spent approximately one hour in the water. 

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Rescuers from Station Ketchikan recover a sailboat near Mountain Point and Carroll Point about 10 miles southeast of Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska Tuesday about 1:30 p.m. after the vessel capsized, sending its two occupants, 54-year-old Steve Hales and his 21-year-old son Josh, into the chilly water for an hour. The station crew saved the men who received medical treatment at Ketchikan General Hospital. (Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Matthew Burnard, Station Ketchikan)

One of the rescue boat crews raced the two men to the boat ramp at Mountain Point where an ambulance crew was awaiting.  The Hales were transported to Ketchikan General Hospital in good condition.

The other boat crew dewatered the sail boat and tied it up at the Mountain Point boat ramp.


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