Details are sketchy, but everyone is okay after a collision between a skiff and a whale in Freshwater Bay off Chichagof Island.
The incident last night (Thursday) apparently caused the boat to capsize and at least one man to go overboard.
The U.S. Coast Guard was notified this morning (Friday), according to Nick Meyer with the search and rescue command center in Juneau.
“I guess they were near shore, so he was able to drag the boat to shore,” Meyer says. “And then he must have hailed to his wife who was on a bigger vessel, who was able to come and pick them up.”
Meyer says he’s hoping to hear from the boaters, who live in Hoonah. Last he heard they were headed back there and were out of cell phone range.
Freshwater Bay is located on the east side of Chichagof Island, near Tenakee Inlet.
There was no answer at the Hoonah Harbormaster’s office this afternoon.
- “So what we’re seeing here is a giant step — a beautiful step — backward in time, where we’re remembering that there is no us versus them. There’s only us, and we are the people, and the people are the police."
- Eaglecrest Ski Area is opening this year ahead of schedule.
- Alaska and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday expected to increase the state’s role in transboundary mine decisions.
- New rules could make it possible to develop more renewable energy in Alaska, by making it easier for independent projects to sell their power to the grid.