Copy of email sent to the State of Alaska.
On the afternoon 6/8/2008 my wife and I were involved in a rescue approxitmatly 3 miles north east of whittier in Passage Canal. We were returning from a weekend outing in Prince Willam Sound, When the State ferry M/V Chenega contacted the Coast Guard stating People were in the water and they were launching thier fast boat for rescue.
We were less than a mile away when we heard the call and immediatly headed for their location. The fast boat from the M/V Chenega and my vessel reached A Man, women and child clinging to a deflated rubber raft, all were wearing Life Jackets. The fast boat swiftly motored next to the victims and snatched them out of the water, and then quickly returned to the M/V Chenega where they hoisted the fast boat with the victims and crew still in the boat onto the main deck. through radio transmissions we ascertained that all victims were accounted for. The M/V chenega then began to treat the victims as they headed back to port. We began removing debris from the water and returned to Whittier Harbor and left what we could collect at the fuel dock.
My wife and I would like to commend the crew of the M/V Chenega for their professional and quick response rescuing those people from the icy waters and sure death. It is comforting to know that the ferry crews are so well trained and equipped to respond to emergencies in the waters of Alaska.. Thank you for your time in this matter. end letter.
I have not heard any details as to the cause. I did hear their dog did not make it.