Coast Guard rescues man from fishing vessel taking on water near Kodiak

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a man from a fishing vessel that was taking on water Tuesday approximately 14 miles north of Port Moller near Kodiak Island.

The aircrew hoisted the man safely and transported him to Port Moller. No medical concerns were reported.

Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received notification from a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that the 43-foot gill netter Transit was disabled in the surf and taking on water. The master of the Transit shot off red flares and stayed with the vessel. Two good Samaritan vessels arrived on scene to render assistance but were unable due to surf conditions.

“This mariner aided his rescue by wearing a survival suit, using a signaling device and staying with his vessel,” said Lt. Dan Hendricks, command duty officer for the 17th District. “Those three elements combined with the prompt notification by the Fish and Game biologist allowed us to remove him from harm’s way.”

Weather on scene was light rain with 23-mph winds, 5-foot seas and 8 miles visibility.

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