Coast Guard monitors rescue of mariner 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew making 12 mph through 20 foot waves and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010. The tug in en route to take the cargo vessel in tow to Dutch Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Tug Tor Viking 

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard monitored the rescue of a mariner in distress aboard a 30-foot sailboat approximately 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska.

The good Samaritan crew of Tor Viking, a vessel contracted under Shell, safely recovered the mariner and his cat.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received an alert from the mariner’s emergency position indicating radio beacon. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules airplane and directed the Coast Guard Cutter Munro to get underway from Dutch Harbor to assist.

Alaska Rescue Coordination Center also launched two MH-60 helicopters and a refueling aircraft for long-range missions to assist with the case.

The C-130 arrived on scene and made contact with the distressed mariner who reported that he had no rudder or rigging and was taking on heavy seas.

A nearby Shell vessel, Polar Pioneer, dispatched the vessel Tor Viking to assist the mariner after being contacted by the C-130 crew.

“The assistance of the good Samaritans on this long-range distress call was vital for the success of the rescue,” said Bud Holden, a Coast Guard 17th District watchstander. “The crew of Tor Viking battled 20-foot seas and gale force winds to help a fellow mariner.”

Weather on scene was reported as 20-foot seas and 46 mph winds.

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