Residents reported seeing an emergency flare around 11 p.m. Monday and then boats and a helicopter searching the channel.
It’s the second backcountry rescue in the Ketchikan area in less than a week.
The hikers took a spur trail by mistake and got lost trying to return to the main trail.
The pilot and passengers were able to exit the crashed plane on their own, and nearby good Samaritans jumped into the water to help them out.
A defect in a popular model of survival suit could make even brand new suits unsafe.
The problem was first discovered during a routine inspection in June. Later inspections of store stock found the same problem in brand new suits.
Alaska State Troopers say the plane’s sole occupant, 38-year-old pilot Andy Andersen of Sutton, died in the crash.
Police say Schneider walked into the station downtown, where he was arrested for pre-trial probation and parole violations and then taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two guests of a Petersburg area fishing lodge Sunday from the shore of a remote bay after their skiff sank the day before.
Howard Starbard was power trolling for king salmon with his 13-year-old grandson and 35-year-old nephew about three miles off the west coast of Chichagof Island when the high-water alarm sounded.