December 16, 2005
Three 19-year old men were duck hunting at Fish Creek on North Douglas Island near Juneau when their 14-foot john boat capsized.
Using a cellular telephone they contacted the Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau. The command center crew issued a UMIB. Coast Guard Station Juneau personnel were underway in Auke Bay on their 25-foot response boat. They heard and responded to the UMIB pulling the wet, cold men from the water minutes later.
The three men, reported to be Juneau locals, were delivered to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Juneau. The men had no injuries beyond probable hypothermia. Names were not released.
Boaters and the public are reminded by the Coast Guard that by dialing *CG (*24) on a cellular phone they will be immediatley connected to the Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau. The command center staff said this is a valuable time saver and in an emergeny *CG is easy to remember. The command center staff may also be reached at (907) 463-2000 from any phone.
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