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By Dan Rudy 

Resident rescued by chopper after paddleboard accident

 

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Working in the dark and rain late Sunday night, emergency personnel from Wrangell and Sitka's Coast Guard prepare to lift 16-year-old Trevyn Stockton by helicopter. The area youth very nearly drowned after a paddleboarding accident at Pats Creek.

An area youth was seriously injured in a paddleboarding accident at Pats Creek late Sunday, and after being found by emergency medical technicians had to be airlifted out to safety.

Sixteen-year-old Trevyn Stockton had been out on the water with two friends that evening. They were navigating Pats using paddleboards, similar to a surf board which the rider stands or sits on while using a paddle for direction.

Heavy rainfall over the weekend contributed to high, swift water conditions. At some point Stockton fell into the water and was whisked downstream. Losing track of him, Stockton's frien...



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