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KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan Response Boat-Small crew rescued two boaters after their 53-foot vessel Freedom capsized in Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan, Wednesday morning.
The Ketchikan boatcrew recovered the two mariners and transferred them to shore.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received notification from a 911 emergency call center reporting two boaters were seen sitting atop their capsized vessel. The watchstanders directed the launch of the Ketchikan boatcrew to the scene where the two boaters were recovered.
The capsized vessel has been towed to port for repairs by a local salvage company. There were no injuries reported.
“The Coast Guard would like to emphasize the use of safe boating practices,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Aguirre, Sector Juneau command duty officer. “Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning, so mariners should always be prepared before heading out on the water.”
The Coast Guard advises all mariners to have appropriate safety equipment aboard their vessels, to include life jackets, flares and a VHF radio. More information on boating safety can be found at the following link: http://www.uscgboating.org/.