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Man and his dog nearly drown at sea while traveling in homemade boat covered in duct tape

By Mason White 4:12 PM June 13, 2017
Man in duct tape boat
Man in duct tape boat
By: Tanya Clark

A man who decided it was a good idea to go out to sea in a homemade boat covered in duct tape, was rescued after he and his dog nearly drowned, according to officials in Alaska.

A Coast Guard Station Juneau smallboat crew rescued the 32-year-old man after his homemade watercraft began taking on water in Gastineau channel near Juneau, on Wednesday.

The station’s 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew deemed the inflatable, duct taped craft unsafe and transferred the man, his dog and the watercraft to Douglas Harbor in Juneau.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from Lt. Joseph Schlosser, an off-duty coastguardsman, that there was a man paddling a homemade watercraft in the Gastineau channel.

Watchstanders diverted the station’s RB-S, which was underway in the area.

“I noticed the craft in the channel, and I could tell the man was not wearing a life jacket and the craft was not safe,” said Schlosser.

“I contacted the sector command center, and the Station’s smallboat crew responded quickly and helped the man to safety,” Schlosser added.

The man was reportedly trying to get to Point Bishop at the entrance of Taku Inlet. Weather on scene was reported as calm seas and nine mile per hour winds.