Sitka Fisherman Honored For Brave Act

Great story out of Sitka on an angler, John Hagen, who was honored for his selfless act to rescue a mariner last summer.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

In June, Hagen intentionally beached his troller in Icy Strait to rescue Tim Lane, who was drifting by in a waterlogged survival suit.

Lane’s crewman, Alan Young, had gone overboard from Lane’s boat. His body was never found despite a search that covered 450 square miles.

The Coast Guard credits Lane’s survival largely to Hagen’s efforts. The commendation described Lane as being “on the brink of death.”

Congratulations, John. You are a hero.




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