AK: Sitka Coast Guard rescues hypothermic hunter, one man still missing
September 22, 2013
A boat drifting aimlessly in the Behm Canal roughly 40 miles
Northeast of Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska sparked a rescue search
for two hunters on Sunday.
The two men had been on a hunting
trip for a few days and had successfully landed a bear when the
disaster began. The still-missing hunter, identified as 25-year-old
Garrett Hagan from the town of Craig, took the fresh game on a
seven-foot skiff down the Chickamin River to deliver to a larger
boat, the 44-foot vessel Abundance, that was moored in the Behm
Canal. He never came back.
The other hunter, Adrian Knopps,
51, from Michigan, remained behind, stranded at the hunting cabin
without any way to call for help. Seven days passed.
helicopter crew found Knopps wandering in the woods, in a state of
severe hypothermia. Hagan remains missing. His situation is
dire, Erickson said.
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