Three out-of-state rafters rescued

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009

DILLINGHAM - The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue three out-of-state rafters who got stranded in Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve.

The rafters saw their equipment washed away in severe weather, forcing them to use a personal locator beacon to send out a 911 call to Katmai National Park.

The Coast Guard says a helicopter from Air Station Kodiak, flying below 100 feet, found the precise location from where the signal was being transmitted.

Treated for mild hypothermia Tuesday were 52-year-old Harry House of Madison, Wis., 37-year-old Megi Morishita of Newport, Ore., and 37-year-old Tom O'Keefe of Seattle.

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is located about 150 miles south of King Salmon. It's one of the least visited parks of the national park system, mainly due to its remote location and unfavorable weather.

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