Coast Guard, multiple agencies searching for man overboard in Port of Anchorage

Coast Guard Alaska News
Anchorage – The Coast Guard and multiple agencies are searching for a man who fell into the water near the Port of Anchorage Sunday.

The 28-year-old man reportedly fell into the water from a skiff while trying to transfer to the tug Sam B.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a call just before midnight Sunday from personnel onboard the tug Sam B after the man fell into the water without a lifejacket and was overcome by the current. A request for assistance was immediately made to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, the Seward-based crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, the Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police Department, Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak, an H-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew from the 210th Rescue Wing at JBER and three Anchorage Fire Department vessels are on scene along with several good Samaritan vessels. Anchorage Police Department and airport police personnel from Ted Stevens International Airport are conducting shore side searches. The cutter Mustang is underway and headed for Anchorage to assist.

“The Coast Guard is working closely with our agency partners and good Samaritans to locate this man,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Bizjak, a watchstander at the Sector Anchorage command center. “We have dispatched multiple assets to the area to aid in our response.”

Weather on scene is reported to consist of 20-knot winds and 1-2-foot seas. The water temperature is 46 degrees.

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  1. Stephen Ribuffo says:

    For the record, this did not happen at or in the Port of Anchorage. It happened south of the Port in the vicinity of a private dock where the skiff was moored and near the mooring point for the tug and barge mentioned in the article. Please get your geography straight; the Port of Anchorage needs this kind of press like it needs a hole in the head! If you have any integrity at all, you will replace the word “in” with “near” in your headline.

    Steve Ribuffo
    Deputy Director, Port of Anchorage

  2. cgnews says:

    We have forwarded your comment to the 17th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Detachment in Anchorage, which issued the press release.