Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew rescues 2 after vessel sinks near Nome, Alaska

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley launch a small boat. Coast Guard file photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley launch a small boat. Coast Guard file photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.

JUNEAU, Alaska— The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley rescued two men in a skiff near Nome, Alaska, after their dredge sank Wednesday.

An Alex Haley small-boat crew rescued the men from a skiff after being signaled by the light of a personal locator beacon. The small-boat crew transferred the men to Nome.

Coast Guard Seventeenth District Command Center watchstanders received a request from Alaska Rescue Coordination Center personnel to assist in searching after receiving a PLB signal with no registration information. Watchstanders diverted the crew of the Alex Haley to assist in the search.

The men reported to the crew of the Alex Haley that the dredge sank quickly and they both were in the water. The men were both wearing life jackets and were able to cut the line holding the skiff to the dredge as it sank. The Alex Haley crew reported the men were cold and wet and given minor first aid treatment but suffered no injuries.

“Thankfully the men were able to disconnect their skiff and had a PLB with them,” said Cmdr. Jon Kreischer, commanding officer of the Alex Haley. “The PLB they carried not only notified rescue personnel of their distress but also provided a light that helped us locate them.”

Weather on scene was reported as 25-mph winds and 6-foot seas.

To register a PLB or emergency position indicating radio beacon visit: https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov

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