A group of campers was safely picked up by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad after they were stranded at the Fish Creek camping area over the weekend.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the line securing the campers’ boat to a mooring buoy had broken free overnight, and the vessel beached about 100 yards away. The campers weren’t able to re-float the boat on their own.

Luckily, the group had an emergency SPOT beacon device, which KVRS offers free of charge for people planning excursions in the Ketchikan area. According to Troopers, they activated the signal at about 1 p.m. Sunday, and a KVRS team responded. The team was able to help get the boat back into the water, and everyone had returned to Ketchikan by 5 p.m.

The camping group included three adults and a 6-year-old child.