This article has been updated to reflect that a man named Kurt Brodersen was confirmed to be hospitalized on Monday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard says a 70-year-old man is in stable condition after being pulled out of the water by a helicopter on Sunday about 35 miles south of Wrangell.
Authorities say the unnamed man was found clinging to a piece of debris, and was hoisted from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The man was transported to Ketchikan for medical treatment.
The Coast Guard reported in a press release that a search and rescue satellite alert went out from the fishing vessel Irony at about 4:45 p.m. in Union Bay.
A Coast Guard spokesperson says the agency is still completing an investigation of what happened to the fishing boat. It did not provide further information.
State records show the fishing vessel Irony is a 42-foot steel vessel registered to Kurt Brodersen of the Southeast hamlet of Meyers Chuck.
PeaceHealth Ketchikan confirmed Monday evening that a man by that name was in the hospital’s care and in stable condition.
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