A 13-year-old girl is safe after going missing while kayaking in Shelikof Bay near Sitka Tuesday.

The Sitka Police Department alerted the Coast Guard that the girl's aunt and uncle hadn't seen her after an hour, a release from the Coast Guard said.

The girl's family searched the bay's southern shoreline and a Jayhawk helicopter crew was called in.

Around 2:15 p.m., the search team found the girl's orange kayak on the shore and her aunt suggested she could be in the woods headed back to the family's cabin, according to the release.

The girl's aunt got on the helicopter to help with the search, and just after 3 p.m., the girl was found on some rocks.

The young girl with her aunt and uncle on the helicopter (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard District 17)


She was in good condition and taken to her family at North Beach on Kruzof Island, Coast Guard wrote.

The Coast Guard wants to remind people to always wear life jackets, dress for the water temperature, have a locator beacon, satellite phone or cellphone, and to file a float plan.

The Coast Guard withheld the name of the 13-year-old due to her being a minor. 

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