Coast Guard Rescues Three Stranded Alaskan Hunters

It was a close call for three Alaskan hunters who were stranded after their skiff drifted away leaving them 20 miles from Sitka. When the men didn't show up for work Wednesday, the Coast Guard Sector Juneau was called in to conduct a search. Luckily for the hunters, it was only an hour wait in a cabin near Sevenfathom Bay--it could have been much worse.

From this story on Juneauempire.com:

_Three stranded hunters were rescued 20 miles from Sitka after their skiff broke free of its mooring and drifted away, according to authorities. The Coast Guard stated in a release that an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka found the missing hunters stranded at a cabin near Sevenfathom Bay at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. All three men appeared to be in good condition.

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_The hunters had left for a weekend hunting trip aboard a 17-foot vessel on Saturday and were reported missing to Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders when they did not show up at work Wednesday morning, according to the release. The Coast Guard conducted a search of the sea and shoreline between Sitka and Sevenfathom Bay, the destination of the hunters, and worked with the Sitka Mountain Rescue to coordinate a local investigation for the missing men, the release stated.

Sector Juneau Lt. j.g. James Dooley said they were found within an hour._