Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat sinks near Atka Island
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued four fisherman from life rafts after their boat began taking on water near Atka Island over the weekend.
According to a press release, Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from the fishing vessel Clyde on Saturday.
Watchstanders were able to reach the captain's wife, who said her husband was on the boat near where the alert was coming from.
The captain's wife told the Coast Guard that her husband had called to let her know the Clyde was sinking. He told her that all four fishermen were abandoning the ship into life rafts after their boat hit a rock south of the island.
"Watchstanders quickly diverted the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley with a Dolphin helicopter and crew aboard," the release stated. "They also launched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules aircraft crew."
The helicopter crew found the fishermen on their life rafts headed towards the shore. After the fishermen made it to shore, the crew landed nearby and took them to Adak clinic.
“Multiple factors played a role in the survivability of these individuals,” said Lt. Danny Piazza, Coast Guard District 17 command duty officer. “Having a working and registered EPIRB along with the quick thinking to abandon ship into the life rafts allowed us the time and information needed to arrive on scene and perform and safe and timely rescue.”
The fishermen were evaluated at the clinic with no reported medical concerns. They were transported back to Air Station Kodiak by the aircraft crew.
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