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AK fisherman adrift in plastic fish bin survives


SITKA, (AP) — A southeast Alaska fisherman who spent a night adrift in a 4-by-4 foot plastic fish bin after his boat sank says he survived by giving himself pep talks and singing ``Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer'' and ``Row, Row, Row Your Boat.'' His fellow crew member managed to struggle into a survival suit and washed ashore safely on a beach.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel ( reports that a Coast Guard helicopter hoisted 19-year-old Ryan Harris of Sitka from his plastic ``lifeboat'' on Saturday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the boat sank on Friday. Two hours before Harris' rescue, crewmate Stonie ``Mac'' Huffman of Sitka was rescued from a beach about 25 miles northwest of Sitka.

Harris told the newspaper he's just happy both he and his buddy survived after their 28-foot boat got hit by big waves and overturned.


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