SITKA TRADITION – Ricky Jarvill, Blatchley Pool manager, and Emma Edson of Alaska Marine Safety Education Association help third-grade students walk out of the water at the Crescent Harbor boat ramp Thursday. The entire third grade learned about cold water survival in the program coordinated by Jarvill and AMSEA. The Sitka School District has been sponsoring the program long enough, more than 30 years, that some parents on Thursday recalled their own third-grade survival experiences. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Two Planes Down In Ketchikan Area

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Coast Guard says at least 10 people are accounted for after two floatplanes went down in the water today near the Southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.
    Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says one of the planes carried 11 people and the other plane carried five. The fate of the other six people wasn’t immediately known.
    The Coast Guard Air Station Sitka received a call about the planes around 12:30 p.m. and launched two helicopters around 1 p.m.       
    The Ketchikan Daily News reported injured passengers were being taken to a nearby lodge, where the local emergency medical services department was staging. Their conditions were not immediately known.   
    Rios says it’s not immediately clear if the planes crashed or had anything to do with each other going down in the Monday incident.   
    Weather conditions included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds.

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