Good Samaritan Rescues 10 From Umnak Island

JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the fishing vessel Tara Gaila has safely transferred ten people from Umnak Island, Alaska after a volcano erupted at around 12 p.m., today and are being taken to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The ten people on Umnak Island contacted the military police on Kodiak Island, Alaska via cell phone at approximately 12:30 p.m. The military police then passed the information to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast in response to the report of the erupting volcano that left the seven adults and three children stranded.

The Coast Guard also diverted the Cutter Jarvis and the Cutter Melon which were on routine patrol in the Bering Sea. The Jarvis was approximately 800 miles from Umnak Island when they were diverted. A rescue helicopter from the Cutter Melon responded but hand to land in Dutch Harbor after flying thru some volcanic ash causing some damage to the aircraft.

A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Air Station Kodiak flew over Umnak Island and confirmed the safety of the 10 people aboard the Tara Gail. The C-130 has been released and has returned to Kodiak.

The Cutter Jarvis is a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Cutter Melon is a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, Wash.

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