- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard says a lifejacket likely saved the life of a woman who fell into the frigid waters of Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan.

KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1FMk1S7) reports the 26-year-old Metlakatla woman was canoeing Sunday along south Pennock Island and heading for Annette Bay when she fell out of the canoe and had to swim to shore.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Diana Honings says the woman was able to call the Ketchikan Police Department, which relayed the information to the Coast Guard

The call came in at 3 p.m. and Coast Guard rescuers in a 25-foot response boat reached the woman ten minutes later.

Responders warmed the woman up and retrieved her canoe.

The temperature Sunday afternoon was 40 degrees with 7 mph winds.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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