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Mariner’s rescue aided by flares in Alaska

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A mariner whose boat was disabled in Alaska helped secure a prompt rescue by firing flares, say U.S Coast Guards.

Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received notification from a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that a vessel was disabled in the surf, near Kodiak Island.

The 43-foot gill netter, Transit, was taking on water during 23-mph winds and five-foot seas around 14 miles north of Port Moller.

The master of the Transit shot off red flares and stayed with the vessel. Two nearby vessels arrived to offer help, but they were unable to do so, due to surf conditions

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter then arrived to rescued the man, who was hoisted the man safely and transported to Port Moller. No medical concerns were reported.

 Lt. Dan Hendricks, command duty officer for the 17th District U.S. Coast Guard station, says, “This mariner aided his rescue by wearing a survival suit, using a signaling device and staying with his vessel.

“Those three elements combined with the prompt notification by the Fish and Game biologist allowed us to remove him from harm’s way."

The main image is from Wikipedia.com.

Aug 07, 2017