Boaters report whale strike off Chichagof Island

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.

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