AFD: Floatplane rescues woman caught in Point Woronzof current
Last updated at 11 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15
Two people on a floatplane helped rescue a woman struggling in the waters off Point Woronzof Monday evening, Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann said.
Someone called 911 at 7:30 p.m. to report the victim about 100 feet offshore, Scheunemann said in a phone interview. He said the caller told AFD the victim appeared to be fighting a current and was moving away from shore.
AFD crews responded, but before they reached the water, a floatplane had landed and brought her to shore, Scheunemann said. A citizen assistance request had been pushed out on aviation and marine channels, and the plane’s pilot responded by landing, a statement from AFD said.
The victim’s condition was not immediately available. Scheunemann said the woman was alive when AFD took her to a nearby hospital, where she was evaluated.
“An amazing effort from civilian aircraft, civilian boats and our partners at the airport and with APD,” AFD Battalion Chief James Dennis told KTVA. “It was an amazing rescue effort on everyone’s part and it looks like we have a save out of the inlet.”
KTVA 11’s Daniella Rivera and Shannon Riddle contributed to this report.
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