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Coast Guard rescues man stranded on boat near Petersburg

Posted: November 5, 2013 - 1:01am

The Coast Guard rescued a man on a disabled fishing vessel near Petersburg Monday morning.

Agency spokesman Petty Officer First Class Shawn Eggert told the Empire the man called his sister and reported the motor on his 30-foot vessel cut out, he lost his skiff and he was stranded anchored about six miles southeast of Petersburg.

The sister immediately called the Coast Guard for help, and watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center dispatched the Peterburg-based cutter Anacapa to the man’s location.

Eggert said the crew took the man aboard the cutter and transported him to Petersburg where paramedics were waiting for him. The man reported being cold and hungry, and he displayed symptoms of shock, Eggert said.

Eggert said he did not know how long the man was out on the water, but that there were 30-mile-per-hour winds and three-foot seas.

The spokesman added that the vessel, the Lisa Cheri, is still anchored in the water. The Coast Guard is monitoring it and is working with the owner to arrange its salvage.

Eggert said he was made aware of the incident around 9 a.m. Monday.

The name of the fisherman was not released.

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

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