Coast Guard rescues 2 mariners near Seward, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded mariners from a beach near Seward, Friday.

The men were hoisted and safely delivered to Seward by the Jayhawk crew after their 22-foot vessel capsized in Resurrection Bay.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received a call Thursday night from a 911 emergency call center reporting the two men were in danger. The men used a satellite phone to call for help and were reportedly holding onto a rock in Resurrection Bay with water rising around them. The men also reported they had only one lifejacket and no signaling devices.

Control of the case was passed to the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center and a request for support was made to Air Station Kodiak and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, homeported in Seward. The Seward Fire Department and two good Samaritan vessels arrived on scene but reported they could not reach the men who had made it to a nearby beach while waiting for rescue.

The men were hoisted by the helicopter crew and taken to the Seward airport where they were met by local emergency medical personnel. There were no reported injuries.

The crew of the Mustang arrived on scene to locate the capsized vessel that is reported to have an estimated 15 gallons of gasoline aboard. There has been no report of pollution. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage is broadcasting a notice to mariners of a possible obstruction to navigation in the vicinity of Resurrection Bay. If no amplifying information is received regarding the vessel’s location, the broadcast will end 24 hours after it was issued.

“Coast Guard crews train year-round to prepare for rescue missions in Alaska’s challenging environment,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Roe, a watchstander at the Sector Anchorage command center. “Working alongside partner agencies like the Seward Fire Department and good Samaritans, who lend a hand to their fellow mariners, only improves our ability to save lives.”

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