Homer Harbormaster Rescues Two After Proper Flare Use

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Homer Harbormaster rescued two people today after they successfully fired distress flares from the water 300-yards off the Homer Spit.

Campers on the beach spotted the flares and called Alaska State Troopers who in turn forwarded the report to the Coast Guard. The campers and State Troopers stated they could hear the individual’s screams for help from shore.

The Homer Harbormaster and Coast Guard Auxiliary responded to the report of four red flares being fired near the #3 green buoy at approximately 1:30 a.m. The harbormaster, first on scene, retrieved the two individuals. One was clinging to the buoy and one was in the water. They were transferred to the Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel for the transit into Homer.

Both individuals were delivered safely to awaiting emergency medical personnel. The harbormaster towed in and secured their small skiff.

“The Coast Guard has responded to several false distress calls and flare sightings in recent weeks”, said Capt. Mark Hamilton, commander Sector Anchorage. “This case is a perfect example of how flares can and should be used to save lives.”

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