My name is Erik Wiseman. I lived on a boat which burned to the waterline and sunk in Basket Bay on Chichagoff Island on June 24, 2020. I escaped in my skiff. I made it safely home and am back on my feet due to the kindness, professionalism and generosity of several persons and organizations. I wish with this letter to briefly name them and wish them the warmest of thank you’s for showing me once again how great it is to live in Alaska.
In roughly the order of their participation:
The U.S. Coast Guard. When I contacted them they were able to locate Mark and Keil of the Whaler’s Cove Lodge, Angoon. Mark and Keil were there within an hour and a half of the start of the fire. They loaded me and my skiff on their crabber, transported me all the way to Auke Bay, (about 85 miles as the boat floats) and loaned me their van for the rest of the day to get cloths and other supplies. Mark would not even accept gas money for the van that he loaned me.
All of the ladies of the harbor offices have always impressed me as angelic in nature. This was evident in Ashley and Mary’s concern for my welfare and their looking after my skiff until I could get it from Auke Bay to Douglas. A special hats off to Jennifer and Toni in the Juneau office. They have always treated me wonderfully and during this time they surpassed themselves in helping me to get past the many obstacles in my path.
Then there is the B&E crew of Shaun and Kenneth, directed by Doug their chief instigator. They broke into all the places I had locked and lost the keys to.
A word in general about CBJ Docks and Harbors. In the seven years that I have been here, I have been totally impressed with the professionalism with which the office personnel and harbor personnel have conducted themselves. It speaks highly of them and their leaders that they can perform what must be very demanding tasks every day, and make it look so second nature.
Then there are my fellow boaters who lent a hand when I really needed it. Larry, Dave, Justin, Fred, Starr and John the Sea Pirate.