A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat- Medium from Sector Juneau rescued a pair of kayakers in distress near Spuhn Island on May 28, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat- Medium from Sector Juneau rescued a pair of kayakers in distress near Spuhn Island on May 28, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Coast Guard rescues two near Auke Bay over weekend

Their kayak had begun to take on water.

A Coast Guard vessel rescued a pair of kayakers near Spuhn Island on Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Juneau Police Department dispatch informed Sector Juneau watchstanders that it had received a call that a two-person kayak with two people aboard was taking on water, according to a Coast Guard news release.

Sector Juneau sortied a 45-foot Response Boat- Medium, which arrived on scene at approximately 1:45 p.m. and transported both kayakers to their vehicle, located at False Outer Point.

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“Both people in this case were wearing their life jackets and had communication equipment with them,” said Sector Juneau command duty officer Lt. Jonathan Dillard in the news release. “With the influx of maritime activity during this Memorial Day weekend, we were glad to see the proper use of safe boating equipment.”

At the time of the rescue, conditions on the scene were 5 knot winds, 2-3 foot seas, air temperature at 50 degrees and water temperature at 48 degrees, according to the news release.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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