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The Coast Guard rescue overdue boaters Sinuk River, Alaska

The Coast Guard rescue overdue boaters Sinuk River, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew prepares for take off from a helipad in Cordova, Alaska, May 1, 2020.
The Kodiak aircrew arrived with equipment and air assets to the Cordova forward operating location to reduce the response time to the Gulf of Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Kellerman.

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk and HC-130 Hercules aircrews rescue overdue boaters Friday from the Sinuk River, near Nome, Alaska.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew picked up the boaters at approximately 6:30 p.m. and safely transported him to the Nome airport.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a call from Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday, who notified them of the overdue boaters in an 18-foot skiff.

17th District watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew and an MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew. The HC-130 crew was notified of the boater’s location and dropped a pump can with survival gear and radio. The MRR helicopter crew was on scene on Sinuk River later to rescue the boaters.​

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft forward-looking infrared camera captures an 18-foot boat stuck on Sinuk River near Nome, Alaska, Oct. 29, 2021.
The HC-130 crew were notified of overdue boaters location and dropped a pump can with survival gear and a radio.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak.

“We want to stress the importance of filing a float plan with someone before getting underway,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole, a 17th District command center watchstander. “In this case, the boaters told their loved ones where they were going and when they should be arriving at their final destination. This information aided us in locating and rescuing the boaters.”

On scene weather was an air temperature of 28 degrees, 17-mph winds, and less than 10-mile visibility.


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