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Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rescue 4 boaters from Yamani Islets, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rescue 4 boaters from Yamani Islets, Alaska
Archive image: Juneau, Alaska – An MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, Alaska, lands to drop off a baby that was in need of medical care April 25, 2009.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Jon-Paul Rios.

KODIAK, Alaska​ — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescue four boaters Friday from Yamani Islets, 27 miles south of Sitka, Alaska.​

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the four boaters, a 50-year-old female, and her three children ages; 21, 17, and 13 from shore after their 15-foot vessel capsized. The helicopter crew transported them to Coast Guard Air Station Sitka where they were reported to be in stable condition.

Watchstanders in the Sector Juneau command center received initial notification from a friend at approximately 11 p.m. of an overdue vessel. Sector watchstanders directed the launch of an aircrew from Air Station Sitka and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco.​

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rescue 4 boaters from Yamani Islets, Alaska
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka pose with the family they rescued about an hour earlier from Yamani Islets, Dec. 25, 2020. The aircrew hoisted all four family members to safety after their boat capsized.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

During their search, the aircrew received a distress call over VHF radio channel 16 at the entrance of Necker Bay and was able to make contact with the boaters confirming they were all ashore after their vessel capsized.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew hoists a family stranded on Yamani Islets, Alaska, Dec. 25, 2020. The family’s vessel capsized and they made it to shore to wait for assistance.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Sitka.

“We want to stress the importance of letting people know where you are going on the water and carrying multiple forms of communication,” said Scott Cichoracki Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “In this case, we were able to find out from their friends where they were going, and having the handheld radio to talk to the helo when it flew over them helped this family get rescued.”

On scene weather was air temperature of 35 degrees, 10-mph winds, and 10-mile visibility.

-USCG-

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