The Sitka Fire Department and Coast Guard Air Station Sitka were busy over the weekend, performing multiple rescues and medevacs throughout Southeast.

Around 6 p.m. on Friday evening (11/1/19), Search And Rescue responded to a call from two people in Nakwasina Sound who were caught in the dark in steep terrain.

Sitka firefighter Craig Warren said a search and rescue team responded to help get the pair back to their boat safely. Then, they escorted the pair back to the Starrigavan Boat Ramp. All-in-all, it took around nine hours, with the team returning to the fire station just before 3 a.m.

On Sunday (11/3/19), a Sitka-based Coast Guard crew medevaced a 76-year-old man with a head injury from Hoonah to Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center in Sitka. 

The Coast Guard also reported Sunday it had medevaced a 24-year old man suffering from abdominal pain from Angoon to Sitka for medical treatment.