VIDEO: Coast Guard rescue two who abandoned ship near Sitka

    A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two people from a fishing vessel, approximately 132 miles northwest of Sitka Tuesday morning.

    Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 6:47am by Lori James

    A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two people from a fishing vessel, approximately 132 miles northwest of Sitka Tuesday morning. The Rosalyn made a mayday call on VHF Channel 16 to the Coast Guard Sector Juneau stating they were taking on water.

    A rescue swimmer was deployed to the water to assist with the hoist, as the two men abandoned ship wearing survival suits.

    A helicopter crew hoisted the two men and transported them to Air Station Sitka with no apparent injuries.

    Due to inclement weather and the growing instability of the fishing vessel, the "The crew had several means to increase their chances of survival; they could not reach their life raft but they knew where their survival suits were, and that gave them a fighting chance," said

    Cmdr. Peter Melnick, Air Station Sitka operations officer, called it a very challenging rescue. He commended the crew of the fishing vessel for being prepared with their survival suits at the ready.

     

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