Coast Guard rescues 3 from sunken jet boat in Berners Bay northwest of Juneau

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY, Lori James) - Three people were rescued from a sunken jet boat near Juneau by the Coast Guard Thursday night.

    A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk crew hoisted a woman and two men on the Lace River near Berners Bay approximately 36 miles northwest of Juneau. The three were transported to awaiting emergency medical personnel on shore.

    Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a personal locator beacon SOS alert from a person in distress on the Lace River. The Coast Guard watchstanders established communications with the user of the PLB by text message. All three were safe with no injuries in chest-high water with no shelter and little food.

    "This case demonstrates the importance of having a signaling device on your person in case an emergency occurs," said Lt. Kailee Evereteze, command duty officer, Sector Juneau. "We were able to quickly locate the vessel owner from the information texted from the personal locator beacon. In addition to beacons, we recommend boaters always wear their life jackets since there is little to no time to put a life jacket on when an incident occurs."

    The Coast Guard recommends the additional use of the Boating Safety app for reporting distress on the water from a mobile phone. The app features an Emergency Assistance button which can be used to call the closest Coast Guard command center during an emergency.

    For more information on the app click here.

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