A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew forward deployed in Kotzebue helped rescue three teenagers Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports from Alaska State Troopers, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.
The three teenagers were reported stranded near Selawik Lake.
Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received an assistance request from the Alaska State Troopers to help look for the teens, who were overdue from a hunting trip.
The Troopers informed the Coast Guard that the teenagers — ages 16, 14 and 13 — had departed Monday aboard an 18-foot flat-bottom vessel and did not return Monday night as scheduled, according to the statement. The hunting group had no camping gear but were equipped with a cellphone.
According to the Coast Guard, the teens became stranded after their boat broke loose and drifted across the bay.
The Coast Guard aircrew launched from its Kotzebue location while an Alaska Department of Public Safety pilot assisted with the search. The pilot located the three teenagers and their skiff on the west side of Selawik Lake.
The aircrew diverted to the reported location to land and meet the teenagers on shore. All three were returned safely to Selawik and were reportedly in good condition at the time of the rescue.