Coast Guard rescues stranded boaters from Alaska river

    The U.S. Coast Guard deployed to Haines Sunday

    HAINES, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a group of boaters from a sandbar in an Alaska river early Sunday.

    The U.S. Coast Guard reported Sunday that the helicopter responded from Sitka to a distress call and rescued the group of seven boaters and a dog from the Chilkat River near the southeast town of Haines shortly before 1 a.m.

    Authorities say they were flown to Haines for a medical check, but no one was injured.

    The Alaska State Troopers say the group was about 10 miles up the river when their boats ran aground on a sandbar.

    Police say the group was wet and began suffering hypothermia when they requested assistance around 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

    Authorities say temperatures dropped into the 30s in the area overnight.

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