Coast Guard rescues two mariners in distress near Kodiak Island

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued two mariners in distress 130 miles northwest of Kodiak Island on the Alaska Peninsula, Tuesday.

The aircrew arrived on scene aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and safely hoisted and transported the mariners to Iliamna Airport.

At 4:07 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center watchstanders received a broken and unreadable mayday call via VHF Channel 16. Sector personnel requested to the vessel in distress to activate their emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).


With the activated EPIRB, watchstanders were able to determine that the position of the 32-foot fishing vessel, Dutch, was in Iliamna Lake. The vessel had run hard aground with no injuries reported.

The helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 7:21 a.m., located the vessel and and safely hoisted and transported the mariners to Iliamna Airport.


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