Juneau Police say alcohol may have been a factor in a boat collision Friday evening that sent a Juneau man to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Police say they were notified through 911 by a caller who reported that a skiff was dragging someone through Gastineau Channel near Douglas Harbor.
Two Good Samaritan vessels were in the area. After the skiff was stopped, the crew of one vessel pulled the injured man from the water and the crew of another towed the skiff back to shore. The skiff operator was unresponsive and suffered severe facial injuries.
As KTOO reported on Monday, the 14-foot aluminum skiff operated by a 47-year old man apparently collided with a 24-foot cabin cruiser that was operated by a 91-year old man.
Investigators now say the still-unidentified 47-year old man was operating the skiff ‘on step’ just before the collision.
There were no injuries were reported among those on the 24-foot cabin cruiser.
The skiff was impounded and a search warrant was obtained for a sample of the man’s blood which will now be tested.
- The Trump administration hasn't taken action on its promises to protect religious liberties, which some see as opposing LGBTQ people. But some state legislatures are taking this as support.
- After minor surgeries, many dentists used to reflexively prescribe quick-acting opioids to relieve a patient's pain. Now they're learning to counsel patients about better, less addictive alternatives.
- Some Alaskans have another chance to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. They're people who had a plan from Moda Health last year.
- Boosters of Pederson Hill see scores of moderately priced homes for middle class families. Private developers fear competition from the city. Balancing free market principles against the barrier to home ownership experienced by middle class families is something the Assembly will have to grapple with.