Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen from disabled vessel near Cordova, Alaska

60 KodiakANCHORAGE, Alaska — A  helicopter crew from Coast Guard Forward Operating Location Cordova rescued two fishermen approximately 17 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, after their fishing vessel became disabled and adrift Friday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk crew hoisted the fishermen from the fishing vessel Sunrise and transported them to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a request for assistance from the fishermen after their 26-foot fishing vessel became disabled and adrift near Strawberry Channel. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the rescue helicopter crew who were airborne and in the area on a training mission.

“The Forward Operating Location in Cordova allows for faster responses to emergencies in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Green, a Sector Anchorage watchstander.   “Having an aircraft in the area gave us a timely response and we were able to rescue these two fishermen.”

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez has issued a notice to mariners of the disabled vessel and continues to monitor the situation as the owner makes arrangements for retrieval.

Weather on scene was reported as 6-foot seas, rain with 17 mph winds.

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