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US Coast Guard rescue boaters and dogs

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Two boaters and three dogs have been rescued in Alaska after pair fired a red flare.

The boaters, believed to be a man and his girlfriend, got into trouble one day in September near Montague Island after their 34-foot boat began taking on water.

 A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew landed on the beach at Montague Island, where the boaters had kayaked with one of their dogs after abandoning their vessel.

The boaters signaled their location with a red flare. The crew assessed their condition and took them to Cordova.

Meanwhile, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur rescued two dogs and transported them to Valdez after assessing the condition of the vessel. At the time there were 17-mph winds and three-foot seas.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders initially received a mayday call on VHF FM channel 16 from the boaters that their vessel was taking on water and they were abandoning ship.

Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Curp, the flight mechanic on the case, says, “Thankfully the boaters were experienced Alaskans with appropriate survival gear. They were able to radio for help, kayak to shore and signal their location with a red flare. We know how important pets are to their families. We’re happy we were able to save all three dogs and get them to safety.”

The image is courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard District 17.

Oct 02, 2017