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Coast Guard pulls man, dog from sinking homemade duct-taped boat in Alaska

A man paddles a homemade watercraft in the Gastineau channel, near Juneau, Alaska, June 7, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard helped rescue a man from quite the sticky situation Thursday.

KTOO reports the U.S. Coast Guard picked up a 32-year-old man and his dog from an inflatable, duct-taped watercraft when it started to take on water Wednesday in Gastineau Channel near Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

The Coast Guard says in a release that the duct-taped boat was homemade.

The guard says the man, who was not identified, was not wearing a life jacket.

An off-duty Coast Guard member saw the unsafe craft and called it in.

“I noticed the craft in the channel and I could tell the man was not wearing a life jacket and the craft was not safe,” said Lt. Joseph Schlosser. “I contacted the sector command center and the Station’s smallboat crew responded quickly and helped the man to safety.”

The Coast Guard delivered the man, dog and boat to Douglas Harbor in Juneau.


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