Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2000

More surgery for injured paraglider

JUNEAU - Local athlete Julie Graves remains in satisfactory condition with a spine fracture at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Graves was injured Sept. 21 while paragliding in the Mendenhall Valley. Her wing stalled and she fell about 50 feet to the ground.

"They operated on her last Monday. But the damage was so extensive that they could not get everything done they needed to do. They put in pins and plates," said Al Graves, uncle of Dan Graves, Julie's husband, who remains with her in Seattle.

"Since then, she has had trouble with her medication. She is not strong enough for the second surgery, so they have postponed it until Oct. 2," he said.

Coast Guard rescues Haines fishermen

JUNEAU - A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two Haines fishermen Wednesday from a stranded fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska.

Patrick Morden, 32, and John Owens, 36, radioed for help from the 30-foot Cape Kumlick on Wednesday morning, saying engine and throttle problems stranded them in 18-foot seas 36 miles southwest of Icy Bay.

The message reached Tsivat River Lodge in Cordova and was forwarded through another lodge to the Coast Guard. The helicopter crew transported the two to Cordova, where they planned to arrange a commercial salvage vessel to retrieve their boat.

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