State briefs

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Sick baby airlifted from Wrangell

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard said Monday it helped airlift a newborn girl in Wrangell who was suffering from respiratory distress.

Coast Guard officials said Alexis Gillen was stricken Sunday afternoon around the time of her birth.

Medical personnel at the Wrangell Clinic called the Coast Guard for assistance about 5:10 p.m. after bad weather prevented a commercial air ambulance team from reaching the Southeast city.

A helicopter crew from Sitka transported a Coast Guard flight surgeon to Wrangell. The doctor helped stabilize the baby and prepared her for transport to Seattle, the Coast Guard said.

After the weather improved, a neonatal team arrived in Wrangell aboard an Airlift Northwest aircraft. Petty Officer 2nd Class David Foucault said the team left Wrangell shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, transporting the infant and her mother to Seattle for medical treatment.

Crews safe after two boats sink

JUNEAU - Five fishermen were safe after being rescued from two sinking vessels Monday morning in unrelated incidents near King Cove.

The fishing vessel Tradewind sent out an emergency signal shortly after midnight, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said it was getting ready to send help when it learned the 58-foot vessel sank about 35 miles south of King Cove. The fishing vessel Temptation recovered all three crewmen from a life raft. The men were all in good condition.

The second incident occurred about 4 a.m. when the fishing vessel Contentment apparently struck a rock and began taking on water about 40 miles south of King Cove.

The Coast Guard said it dispatched a C-130 plane and Jayhawk helicopter to the 35-foot boat. Before rescuers arrived, the fishing vessel Coastal Pilot recovered the two crew members on board the Contentment.

Coast Guard investigators were looking into both incidents.

Conference seeks entrepreneurs

JUNEAU - The 2002 Alaska InvestNet Capital Investment Conference will be held March 12-14 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

The three-day conference will offer Alaska's entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their products and ideas to investors. The meeting also includes speeches and seminars that focus on all aspects of founding and maintaining a successful business.

Presentations will include "The Importance of Selling a Brand" by Gordon McFadden, former president of Nike All Conditions Gear and Helly-Hansen North America.

"Start-up businesses need access to capital, and investors need to know the types of opportunities that are available in Alaska," said Deborah Marshall, executive director of Alaska InvestNet. "Networking is a key element of the conference."

Cost is $195 per person or $95 for members registered before March 1.

Participants can register by calling (907) 586-1929.

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