Briefly

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

Coast Guard picks up stranded boaters

JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people stranded on Lincoln Island four miles north of Juneau on Saturday night.

Coast Guard officials said at 10:48 p.m. the Coast Guard got a call to pick up four people when their boat had mechanical problems and could not go back to pick them up.

The Coast Guard said the people were part of a larger group having some kind of gathering on the island. The boat with mechanical problems had been transporting groups of people from the gathering on Lincoln to Auke Bay.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Darrell Wilson said they picked up the people, around 12:47 a.m., because they were not equipped to stay the night on the island. The Coast Guard placed them on a small inflatable raft, which they assisted to the Auke Bay ferry terminal.

There were no injuries. The Coast Guard did not know the identities of the people or where they were from.

Kayakers' bodies recovered near Cordova

JUNEAU - The bodies of two Cordova kayakers who were reported missing more than a month ago were recovered last week in Deep Bay three miles northwest of Cordova.

A fisherman onboard the fishing vessel Ballistic reported spotting the body of kayaker Lee Houser near Salmo Point last Thursday. Curtis Keitel's body was located nearby.

Houser and Keitel, both 20, were last seen paddling home on Thursday, June 28, from a party at a cabin in Deep Bay near Hawkins Island. They departed about 4 a.m. When they did not arrive by midnight, authorities were notified they were missing. Troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard and local volunteers searched for them June 29 and 30.

Their kayak, recovered June 29 wedged between rocks on the north shore of Deep Bay, showed evidence it had been swamped. Troopers suspected alcohol was a factor in the incident.

More than 120 people participated in a search on June 30, including 19 private vessels and a private helicopter. Four teams of search and rescue dogs responded from Anchorage.



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