Chopper hoists stranded paddlers from Tsirku


July 22, 2021

Courtesy of Shannon Stevens.

Kayla Shutes (left), Shannon Stevens (middle), and Erik Stevens (right) sport their gear on Sunday morning before paddling the Tsirku River. Le Blondeau Glacier is in the background.

Three residents plucked from the Tsirku River by a tethered Coast Guard rescue swimmer Sunday said dry suits, life vests and a satellite communication device made the difference between life and death.

"If we didn't have the safety gear, we defini...

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