Coast Guard locates overdue hunters near Kenai, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak located two overdue hunters on Kalgin Island near Kenai Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were contacted Thursday morning by a family member of the missing hunters who reported they had not returned to Kenai from the trip. The hunters departed Kenai Tuesday and were due back Wednesday night.

“Approximately two hours into the search the Jayhawk crew located the hunters in good condition and in no distress,” said Steve Garcia, a search and rescue controller with the Sector Anchorage command center. “It’s good news that there was no emergency and these guys did the right thing by leaving word with family about their trip intentions. We recommend when plans change people update family or friends.”

In addition to filing float or trip plans with someone, the Coast Guard recommends taking multiple forms of communication devices with you when operating at sea or in the backcountry of Alaska. Examples of these deveices include: VHF-FM radios, satellite phones, cell phones and personal locator beacons. As a reminder not all devices work in all areas.

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