Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A busy morning for rescuers

Here's a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

Jan. 25, 2012

Air Station Kodiak rescues 11 from two fishing vessels

JUNEAU — Coast Guard helicopter crews this morning rescued 11 fishermen from two vessels near Kodiak.

Kodiak watchstanders received a call Tuesday night from the 58-foot fishing vessel Kimberly, homeported in Juneau, stating the vessel had run aground in Portage Bay and needed assistance.

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched at about 9:30 p.m. and arrived on scene within an hour. Foul weather, including sustained 60-knot winds with gusts up to 90 knots and 16-foot seas, prevented the aircrew from rescuing the personnel at that time.

The Jayhawk returned to Kodiak to refuel and a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane and a second Jayhawk were launched to assist the crew of the Kimberly.

As aircrews were returning to assist the Kimberly, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mayday call at 6:30 a.m. from the fishing vessel Heritage south of Kodiak with seven people aboard.

The second Jayhawk was redirected to assist the 68-foot Heritage. Air Station Kodiak launched a third helicopter to assist the Kimberly.

The third helicopter arrived at the Kimberly's location, safely hoisted all four crewmembers and arrived at Air Station Kodiak at 10:30 a.m.

The second Jayhawk continued to the Heritage's location, arriving at about 7 a.m., and began rescuing survivors. Two crewmembers were safely hoisted from the water and the good Samaritan fishing vessel Tuxedni rescued the other five crewmembers from a life raft at 7:40 a.m.

The second Jayhawk crew returned to Kodiak with the two rescued Heritage crewmembers at 9 a.m. and the Tuxedni took the passengers to Lazy Bay. The Tuxedni and five survivors are expected to arrive in Kodiak at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The crews of both vessels were wearing survival suits and are reported to be in good or fair condition.


Anonymous said...

Kudos to the USCG.

Real fisherman appreciate all you do.

Kinghumpye said...

God bless the USCG many of us owe our lives

Anonymous said...

I'm glad everybody is safe. Its been some brutal weather this winter.

Anonymous said...

Glad the CG was there. My nephew was one of the crew members on the Heritage taken to Kodiak.

Anonymous said...

We would love to hear the details of the Heritage sinking if you know them. Why were 2 people not in the raft?