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Coast Guard cutter locates overdue mariner on sailboat headed for Juneau Folk Festival

Posted: April 10, 2013 - 8:57pm  |  Updated: April 11, 2013 - 12:09am

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty found an overdue mariner heading for Juneau who took shelter in William Henry Bay, which is northwest of Juneau.

Tony “Scott” Pearce of Haines and the vessel Darshan “were found in good condition, well stocked with food, water and emergency supplies,” Wednesday evening, according to a Coast Guard public affairs release.

“Cases such as this illustrate the importance of having a solid plan and being well equipped with rations and emergency supplies,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson a search and rescue controller with Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The Coast Guard would also like to remind mariners the importance of a float plan and keeping family and friends informed of your intentions.”

Pearce plans to wait out the bad weather and set a course Thursday morning for Juneau, where he had planned to attend the Folk Festival.

The Coast Guard heard Wednesday afternoon that the vessel had been due in Juneau on Monday, so they put out an alert and sought assistance from mariners in the area.

The release said Pearce left Haines Sunday morning alone aboard the 25-foot sailing vessel.

The weather in the area Wednesday night was 39-mph winds, 2 to 4-foot seas and periods of heavy snow showers throughout the area.

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