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Coast Guard MH-60T aircrew rescue man 145 nm of Sitka, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60T aircrew rescue man 145 nm of Sitka, Alaska
Archive image: Sitka, Alaska – A MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, conducts a training flight, as seen here.
Search and Rescue (SAR) is one of the Coast Guard’s oldest missions. Minimizing the loss of life, injury, property damage or loss by rendering aid to persons in distress and property in the maritime environment has always been a Coast Guard priority.
Coast Guard SAR response involves multi-mission stations, cutters, aircraft and boats linked by communications networks. Training is often conducted to keep the Coast Guard’s crews ready for when duty calls.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by AET1 William Greer.

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue a man from a disabled vessel approximately 145 nautical miles west of Sitka, Alaska, Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 5:21 p.m. and hoisted a man from his 33-foot sailing vessel, Ananda, and transported him to Yakutat, where they were met by local EMS.

Coast Guard Seventeenth District watchstanders launched the Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew, and a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Seventeenth District watchstanders received an alert from the survivors’ emergency position indicating radio beacon at 3:00 p.m. The EPIRB registration information indicated the vessel was sold, had an expired registration, and indicated the batteries were low.​

Coast Guard MH-60T aircrew rescue man 145 nm of Sitka, Alaska
Archive image: Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft stand ready for deployment in the hanger in Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 1, 2013.
Air Station Kodiak is the largest Coast Guard command in District 17 and the Pacific Area (PACAREA), and has a present complement of HC-130Hs, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters to execute search and rescue missions, assist mariners in distress, provide medevac transport and conduct other necessary operations.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens.

Watchstanders contacted the previous vessel owner who reported the new owner intended to leave his homeport in Seward, Alaska and travel to the Philippines with possibility of going to Seattle beforehand.

“This is a prime example of how having boating safety equipment, like an EPRIB, can save your life,” said Petty Officer First Class Dustin Lake, Seventeenth District operations unit watchstander. “It also shows why keeping your EPIRB registered with the correct information is crucial.”

On scene weather conditions were: Overcast at 400ft, Winds – 40 knots, Seas – 10 feet.


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