Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received notification from the crew of the 50-foot good Samaritan vessel Capt’n Sam stating they spotted a red flare on the southwest side of Raspberry Island near Butki Point at about 9:30 p.m. The good Samaritan crew reported they were unable to assist the two men due to shallow water depth.
The watchstanders directed the launch of a rescue helicopter crew. Once on scene, the helicopter crew hoisted the two men, ages 50 and 51, and transported them to Air Station Kodiak. The men were reported to be in good condition.
According to the men, their skiff became swamped and they were stranded for about 18 hours and exposed to the elements. They did not have communications devices with them.
“The Coast Guard would like to remind individuals to take emergency equipment with you when enjoying Alaska’s outdoors,” said Cmdr. Adam Tyndale, Sector Anchorage chief of response. “Emergency equipment should include communication devices, signaling devices, extra food and water, extra dry clothes and a personal locator beacon. It is also important to tell family, friends or the harbormaster your trip plans including departure and arrival times.”
For more information contact Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen at 907-321-4505.