Coast Guard Rescues Two, Responds to Distress Flare

JUNEAU, Alaska – A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued two people from a 17-foot boat that was taking on water in the vicinity of Cook Inlet near the town of Kenai at approximately 5:45 p.m. today.

The Soldotna police department relayed a 9-1-1 call to the Seventeenth Coast Guard District command center in Juneau. Sector Anchorage diverted the rescue crew from Homer to assist the distressed mariners after receiving launch authority from the District 17 command center. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted the two mariners into the helicopter before transporting them to Kenai. No injuries were reported.

After the rescue crew dropped off the two mariners, the rescue crew responded to a single red distress flare sighting near the mouth of the Kenai River. The Marine Safety Detachment in Kenai passed the sighting on to Sector Anchorage command center. The sector released an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast with negative results. The rescue helicopter will be circling near the area of the flare sighting in an attempt to spot the distress situation or to draw out another flare.

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