A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk crew rescued three people from a sunken jet boat on the Lace River near Berners Bay approximately 36 miles northwest of Juneau Thursday night.
The aircrew hoisted a woman and two men and transported them to awaiting emergency medical personnel on shore in Juneau.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a personal locator beacon SOS alert from a person in distress on the Lace River. The Coast Guard watchstanders established communications with the user of the PLB by text message. All three were safe with no injuries in chest-high water with no shelter and little food. Sector Juneau promptly directed the launch of the MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew.
The weather on scene at the time of the hoist was reported as 58 degrees with a ceiling of 2,400 feet and approximately 4.5 miles visibility.
Aside from the use of PLBs, VHF radio and other signaling devices, the Coast Guard has a Boating Safety app for reporting distress on the water from a mobile phone. The app includes an Emergency Assistance button to call the closest Coast Guard command center during an emergency.