Hypothermic mariners rescued from skiff in Holtham Inlet
Two men and a teenager showing signs of hypothermia were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from a skiff in Holtham Inlet earlier this week.
A release from the guard says they were alerted about the overdue vessel from Alaska State Troopers around 10:35 a.m. Tuesday.
Within five minutes of arriving in the area, a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew found the skiff in the inlet low on fuel, beset by weather and sea conditions. A rescue swimmer was deployed and hoisted all three before transferring them to an emergency medical services crew in Kotzebue, according to the release.
"The important takeaway here is that everyone should always be prepared with the skill and equipment to spend more time in the elements than they expect," said Lt. Jeffrey Mistrick, MH-60 Jayhawk pilot.
Mistrick said wind, rain and cool temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia, hurting the chances of survival.
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