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Three rescued after boat sinks
JUNEAU The Coast Guard fished three people out of the frigid waters off Ketchikan late Sunday after their boat sank.
Coast Guard officials in Juneau said a woman radioed a mayday Sunday evening, saying her boat was sinking fast near Gravina Island. A Coast Guard rescue boat was sent up from the Ketchikan station.
The boat found a debris field and later spotted three people clinging to boat wreckage.
Rescued were Don and Ethel Williams, both 52, and their 22-year-old son Garrett, all of Metlakatla. They were treated for extreme hypothermia on the boat and were later taken to Ketchikan General Hospital, the Coast Guard said.
Rescuers said none of the Williams were wearing flotation devices. The husband and wife were reportedly hanging onto a piece of the vessel's fuel tank and the son was attached to a rope.
After-school programs get funding
JUNEAU -Six Alaska school districts will be getting a total of $4.5 million in federal funds next year to create special learning centers, according to the Alaska Department of Education.
The centers are to provide safe, supervised after-school, weekend or summer programs for students. The money will be divided among Anchorage, North Slope Borough, Northwest Arctic Borough, Yukon-Kuskokwim, Craig and Sitka school districts.