Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

Two rescued from sinking boat

JUNEAU - A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two teens from a sinking skiff in Nichols Passage, 10 miles south of Ketchikan on Sunday.

Robert Bates, 19, of Ketchikan, and Benjamin Attwood, 17, of Ward Cove, called 911 after waves swamped their 15-foot skiff while fishing near Annette Island. Ketchikan emergency dispatchers relayed their distress call to the Coast Guard.

"It took us a little while to find them," said Petty Officer Greg Wolfe, who helped rescue the teens. "It was nasty out there. I thought we were going to be looking for people in the water. I was surprised to find them standing in their boat."

The rescuers picked up the two and took their skiff into tow.

"I was pretty worried for a while," said Atwood. "I was relieved to see the Coast Guard coming. I'm glad to be alive."

A cellular phone was the only means of communication the teens had on board. "My phone was cutting out, there wasn't a very good signal," said Bates.

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters carry a VHF-FM radio while out on the water.

"A VHF radio is the preferred method of communication when out on the water because you can communicate with a larger number of people in a shorter amount of time, and also because the Coast Guard monitors Channel 16," said Jim Barber, a Coast Guard search and rescue controller.

Historic planes' arrival delayed

JUNEAU - The arrival of two World War II era planes featured in the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour was delayed by rainy weather over the weekend.

"We're rarely turned back by weather," said Ryan Keough, tour stop coordinator for the planes' Alaska tour. "(But) the weather has been really quite bad. They got weathered in in Anchorage."

As of this morning, the planes had left Anchorage and were expected to arrive in Juneau sometime today. The B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator will be open for tours for a donation of $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Assembly to review transportation plan

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will discuss the city's draft Area Wide Transportation Plan at a work session tonight.

The plan sets the framework for transportation projects in Juneau for the next 20 years and the city's Transportation Steering Committee has been working on the document for almost three years. The Juneau Planning Commission approved the plan the last month, asking Assembly members to review recommendations about Egan Drive interchanges and dedicated transit routes, specifically buses, light rail or a fixed-guideway system.

The work session starts at 6 p.m. in Assembly chambers. Assembly members may adjourn into executive session for a subcommittee meeting at 5 p.m. about sales tax on pull tabs.

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