ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued three people after their aircraft crashed near Kodiak Friday afternoon.
Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received an electronic locator beacon alert from a De Havilland DHC-2 float plane at 12:20 p.m. Two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews arrived on scene at approximately 1:30 p.m. and assessed the three for injuries. An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin crew hoisted one female with leg and spinal injuries and transported her to emergency medical personnel awaiting at Kodiak Municipal Airport. The rescue swimmer for the MH-65 provided assessment and care for the other two De Havilland crewmembers. The other two crewmembers aboard the plane suffered a possible broken hip and head trauma.
“We worked closely with the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center in response to this incident,” said Chief Petty Officer Erik Patterson, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “Search and rescue on Kodiak Island is very unique, as we rely heavily on partnerships to ensure the best and fastest possible response.”
On scene weather was reported as 18-knot winds and 10 nautical-miles visibility with a ceiling of 3,000 feet.