Coast Guard rescues 2 men, dogs near Anchorage, Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard file photo taken Aug. 2, 2013 by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy.ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, forward deployed to Cordova, rescued two men and two dogs after their boat became disabled in Little Susitna River, near Anchorage, Tuesday.

The aircrew hoisted the men and dogs and safely transported them to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a report from concerned friends after the men notified them via text that their vessel was disabled and they did not have any other means of communication. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders assumed command of the case and requested the launch of the Jayhawk aircrew to establish communication with the men.

The aircrew arrived on scene and, after assessing the situation, directed the men to paddle to shore and anchor their vessel.

“When out on the water it is important to have multiple means of communication and safety equipment,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lindsey Green, a watchstander at Sector Anchorage. “Luckily these men were able to send a text to friends who notified us of their situation.”

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