Coast Guard rescues woman who jumped into Gastineau Channel

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The Coast Guard says it rescued a woman who jumped into Gastineau Channel Tuesday evening from a downtown Juneau pier.

 

In a news release, Coast Guard Station Juneau said it received a 911 call at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday that a 27-year-old woman jumped into the water from the cruise ship terminal near the pier by Taku Fisheries.

A family member threw a life ring to the woman, who began to swim back toward the terminal but had difficulty grabbing the flotation device.

Coast Guard station Juneau launched a 25-foot response boat, and its crew found the woman clutching the life ring. The boatcrew delivered her to a Capital City Fire/Rescue crew waiting at Station Juneau where she was evaluated for medical concerns.

“We were able to locate her with the help of people on the pier using their phones as flashlights,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nancy Emery, one of the people on the crew, in a statement. “The prompt action by those good Samaritans helped us find her before the threat of drowning could occur.”

Weather on scene was calm and clear, with light and variable winds, and a water temperature of 39 degrees.

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