Coast Guard Rescues Overdue Whittier Boaters

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard located and rescued four boaters on board the 16-foot vessel, Sure Shot, which was reported overdue by the Whittier Police Department to the Coast Guard today.

Scott Wyland, residence of Whittier, Alaska, Marvin Fox, residence of Cordova, Alaska, Ulas Secker, from Turkey, and Martina Shangin, residence unknown, left Whittier around 6 p.m. Friday and were scheduled to arrive at BlackStone Bay, 25-miles south of Whittier. A 911 call was made to the Valdez Police Department who in turn notified the Whittier Police Department followed by a notification to the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center this morning.

An MH-60 rescue helicopter crew was launched from Cordova at 7 a.m. Saturday to search the western bays and inlets of Prince William Sound. The rescue helicopter located the Sure Shot grounded in Bettles Bay on Port Welles, which is northeast of Whittier in western Prince William Sound at 12:30 p.m. The crew of the Sure Shot grounded the vessel because they were low on fuel.

Personnel from the Whittier Coast Guard Auxiliary who also assisted in the search are currently towing the Sure Shot with the four boaters on board and are scheduled to arrive in Whittier at 4 p.m.

The four boaters were reported uninjured and are in no need of immediate medical care.

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