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Coast Guard, rescue team locates overdue boater near Sitka

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 12:47pm  |  Updated: December 6, 2012 - 1:14am

An 85-year-old overdue boater was located in the Sitka Sound and was safely returned to his family on Tuesday evening, according to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka located the man aboard his 32-foot fishing vessel, Saltshaker, and guided a Sitka Mountain Rescue boat crew to the location to provide assistance, Petty Officer First Class Sara Francis said in a release.

The Coast Guard began searching for the man after the man’s son contacted Sector Juneau to report that his father hadn’t returned from a hunting trip after the two became separated.

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