Two rescued from Mendenhall Lake

Two kayakers were pulled from the icy waters of Mendenhall Lake after they fell out of their kayaks this afternoon. Fire officials estimate they were in the water between 30 minutes and an hour.

“Other family members that were with them and did not fall in the water were able to summon help from crews of Alaska Travel Adventures that were on the shore working,” said a release from Capital City Fire/Rescue. “The ATA crewmembers went out and picked up the two people and brought them to the shore where they started rewarming them.”

Witness Hernriatha Jenkins, who took photos of the incident, told the Empire her friend, off-duty Juneau police officer Elias Joven, also assisted. She said the crew from Alaska Wilderness Adventures did a great job of getting to the people quickly once they were notified of the accident.

CCF/R rescue crews were called at 1:33 p.m.

They took the two, a man and a woman, to Bartlett Regional Hospital for medical evaluation. They were not injured, but were cold, firefighters reported.


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