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Fire department rescues woman trapped on sandbar

Posted: October 19, 2012 - 3:44pm

The fire department rescued a woman and two dogs trapped on a sandbar at Eagle Beach Friday afternoon.

The fire department was not immediately available for comment, but Lt. Ryan Erickson, a spokesman with Coast Guard Sector Juneau, confirmed the woman and her pets were safely taken to shore by the fire department a little before 4:30 p.m.

Erickson said the woman, who is in her 20s, became trapped standing on a plateau that turned into an island as the tide came in.

Erickson said the water depth was about 10 feet, and reports on the scanner indicated she was about 200 yards from shore, although that could not be immediately confirmed.

The Coast Guard had advised her not to attempt to swim as they sent a 25-foot response boat to her aid, according to Erickson.

The fire department reached her before then and took her to shore.

Erickson said there weren’t any injuries.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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