Coast Guard rescues 2 following emergency aircraft landing near Ketchikan

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Two people were rescued after their plane made an emergency landing in the water near Ketchikan Friday.

    Kent Colby at Ketchikan Radio Center interviewed the Metlakatla Police Chief and provided News of the North with this report:

    The Coast Guard reports the pilot of a BE18 Beechcraft missed the approach to the Ketchikan Airport due to icing on the airplane, diverted for an emergency landing on Annette Island, but had to make an emergency landing in the water in Smuggler's Cove near Annette Island.

    Tribal and local partners assisted. Metlakatla police and fire rescue boat crews were the first to arrive, and transported the two survivors to Metlakatla Clinic. They were treated for minor injuries.

    Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders briefed the Alaska State Troopers and Annette Island Fire Department, and released an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners. A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan Response Boat-Medium crew and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were directed to the scene.

    The Station Ketchikan RB-M crew remains on scene to monitor the scene for potential pollution with Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel.

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