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Coast Guard rescue 3 near Popof Island, Alaska

Coast Guard rescue 3 near Popof Island, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter, forward deployed to Kotzebue, Alaska operates in support of operation Arctic Shield, Oct. 1, 2021.
The annual operation of Arctic Shield, which began in 2009, is the Coast Guard’s mobile and seasonal presence focused on performing the service’s 11 statutory missions throughout the Arctic to ensure maritime safety, security and stewardship.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Kellerman.

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue 3 Wednesday, who were stranded after their boat sank on the southern end of Popof Island, Sand Point, Alaska.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew hoisted all three hunters at 7:30 a.m. from the shoreline and transported them to Sand Point Airport where they were met by local emergency medical services personnel (EMS).

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received the initial request via a satellite communications device at approximately 3 a.m., from three hunters who requested help after their boat sank.​

“We want to stress the importance of letting people know where you are going on the water and carrying multiple forms of communication,” said Petty Officer First Class Ellery Landry, a watchstander with the 17th District. “In this case, the hunters had a satellite communications device and were able to notify that Coast Guard that they needed assistance and were able to start a fire to stay warm.”​

On scene weather at the time of rescue included an air temperature of​ 17 degrees, 10 mph winds, and 10-mile visibility.


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