A sign indicates the turn for Jim’s Landing on Skilak Lake Road on Sunday, June 13, 2021 near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

A sign indicates the turn for Jim’s Landing on Skilak Lake Road on Sunday, June 13, 2021 near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

4 rescued after boat breaks loose

The boat broke loose and drifted away from a small island on the Kenai River.

Four people were rescued Thursday, after their boat broke loose and drifted away from a small island on the Kenai River, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch.

The group’s drift boat unanchored and floated downstream with two members of the party in it, leaving the other two recreators stranded on the island near Jims’ Landing.

Neither of the boat’s two passengers knew how to operate the boat, which began drifting toward the Kenai River Canyon in Class III rapids, according to the dispatch.

All four people were rescued by CES following the launch of a watercraft from Jims’ Landing. Responding agencies included the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, federal wildlife officers and Central Emergency Services. No passengers sustained injuries and all were wearing personal flotation devices.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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