Coast Guard locates overdue fishermen in Hoonah

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of two overdue fishermen Saturday in Port Frederick near Hoonah, with assistance from the Hoonah Volunteer Fire Department.

Eric Larson, 20, and Frankie Brown Jr., 20, were reported overdue from their fishing trip after they missed their scheduled trip to Juneau aboard the Ferry Leconte. The men had reportedly left Hoonah Harbor at 12 p.m. but did not return at 4 p.m. as scheduled.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew form Air Station Sitka and diverted the 110-foot Cutter Anacapa, which is homeported in Petersburg. The Hoonah Volunteer Fire Department also launched three vessels to search the area.

The helicopter crew arrived in the area of Port Frederick and saw a flashing light coming from shore. The flashing light was confirmed to be the missing fishermen who were safe ashore after the starter had failed on their skiff's motor.

The Hoonah fireboat crew retrieved the men and towed their boat back to Hoonah Harbor.

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