KETCHIKAN, ALASKA / October 10, 2017 – Chinook Shores Lodge, a leader in Ketchikan, Alaska self-guided fishing, today announced lodge owner Jeff Wedekind and employee Søren Heinecke successfully completed MTR 228 Fast Rescue Boat (FRB) training at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). The course combined classroom instruction and testing at the UAS Ketchikan Campus with hands-on training in Tongass Narrows.

Chinook Shores Lodge Jeff Wedekind

Photo (above) Captain Jeff Wedekind at the helm of The White Lightning — one of seven boats in the 2017 rental fleet.

“Chinook Shores Lodge is dedicated to promoting a culture of safety throughout the organization and participation in the University’s Maritime program demonstrates our commitment to maintaining standards as established by the Coast Guard,” said lodge owner Nadra Angerman. 

During the course Wedekind and Heinecke, along with instructors and students, executed numerous drills including:

  • Donning personal gear and protective equipment with emphasis on correct usage, flotation, buoyancy and water survival.
  • Rescuing people from the sea with emphasis on vessel approach and handling the victim
  • Maneuvering boats to clear or come alongside watercraft with emphasis on wind, seas, current and adverse weather.
  • Rescuing boats by side towing and stern towing with emphasis on risk assessment, situational awareness and risk management planning and towing procedures.

Approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), UAS MTR 228 FRB meets requirements established by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The course is a two credit elective within the University’s Marine Transportation Occupational Endorsement program and offers training for mariners seeking to advance in the wide variety of positions and vessels within the marine industry.

“While I hope we never have to rescue one of our rental boats, this training was an excellent opportunity to expand our staff’s emergency rescue skills,” Angerman added.  Chinook Shores Lodge fleet is expected to grow to ten vessels by 2018.

About Chinook Shores Lodge

Located in Southeast Alaska, Chinook Shores Lodge is easily accessible via direct, non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington. Just 15 miles north of Ketchikan International Airport, accommodations include private waterfront beach houses with full amenities, private dock access, seven self-guided fishing boats, Alaska charter fishing, quality controlled fish processing and fish packaging services. For more information, visit:

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About University of Alaska Southeast
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the University of Alaska Southeast is a public, four year university that is part of the University of Alaska System. The main campus is located in Juneau, Alaska and the university has extended campuses in Sitka and Ketchikan. For more information, visit: