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Coast Guard rescue mariner from fire near Chirikof Island, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue a mariner from vessel in fire near Chirikof Island
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue a mariner in Chirikof Island.
Archive image: Crew members on USCGC Alex Haley conduct vertical replenishment training with the crew of an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak in the Bering Sea Jan. 8, 2024.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jasen Newman.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue a mariner after his vessel caught fire near Chirikof Island. Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew landed and embarked the man on Chirikof Island at 1:11 p.m. and transported him with minimal injuries to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) at Air Station Kodiak

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a distress signal at 11 a.m. Tuesday from a personal locator beacon (PLB) on the 35-foot Australian-flagged sailing vessel. 

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Western Alaska and U.S. Arctic pinpointed the location of the beacon, coordinated the launch of the MH-60 Jayhawk MRR Helicopter aircrew and diverted an in-flight HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Kodiak

The rescue aircrews arrived on scene at 12:57 p.m. and located the owner on the shore of Chirikof Island, who claimed he escaped the burning vessel in his dinghy and beached it on the island. He was the only person on board. 

Included in the signal was a user-generated remark indicating that the operator was completing a multi-year sailing voyage around Alaska and a list of his proposed routes and ports of call. 

«The responsible actions of this mariner to properly register their device and include amplifying information about their voyage made it possible for the Coast Guard to immediately determine that the owner was in distress,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ben McIntyre-Coble, a search and rescue mission coordinator for Coast Guard 17th District (Alaska). “We are glad that the Coast Guard was able to deliver urgently needed aid to his exact position, and we are grateful that he will be able to see his loved ones again.” 

The U.S. Coast Guard urges all mariners to equip and register a PLB or emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) on their vessel before any trip out to sea.


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