A Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew rescued the man from the water before transporting him to Aurora Harbor and turning him over to police custody.
Local residents contacted Juneau Police Department reporting a male voice yelling for help. The Juneau Police Department contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders around 1:15 a.m. The watchstanders directed the launch of the Station Juneau boat crew.
The Station Juneau boat crew located the man and recovered him at 1:49 a.m. The man was in an 8-foot row boat that he painted red. He stated he was attempting to reach his boat which is anchored in Auke Bay.
“Mariners are cautioned to wear a life jacket when operating a vessel at night,” said Lt. Stacey Tate, command duty officer, Sector Juneau. “Thanks to the local residents who contacted police, we were able to reach the individual quickly.”
The 8-foot row boat sank outside of the channel and does not pose a hazard to navigation.
The man was transported by Juneau police to Bartlett Hospital.