Skip to main content

Coast Guard rescues four people from skiff in Bristol Bay

Date: May 27, 2012
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued four people from an 18-foot skiff 23 miles northwest of Port Heiden Sunday.

"The vessel's crew ducked into an ice floe to avoid a storm and has been drifting with the ice since," said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Roberto, a search and rescue controller with the District 17 command center in Juneau. "The crew had supplies with them for a day trip but we recommend mariners take enough supplies with them for multiple days at a time because anything can happen in Alaska's extreme environment."

The Alaska State Troopers contacted the Coast Guard Friday requesting assistance in a search for the overdue skiff in Bristol Bay. Before the Coast Guard could launch, the Troopers incorrectly identified an identical skiff with the same amount of people as the overdue party. However, Sunday the Troopers were informed that the party was still missing by family members. The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane and crew from Air Station Kodiak to search the region.

The skiff was located in the ice floe by the Hercules crew at about 9:45 a.m. approximately 173 miles from their homeport of Platinum. The vessel had motored into ice to avoid a storm, ran out of gas and drifted across Bristol Bay with the floe.

Following the Hercules sighting of the skiff and four people, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Kodiak to rescue the four people. The helicopter crew safely hoisted the skiff crew at 12:30 p.m. and took them to Dillingham to be evaluated by medical personnel.

The skiff crew originally departed Platinum to make a 23 miles transit to Bird Rock to collect gull eggs for subsistence use.

Popular posts from this blog

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said.........

#01-14-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Chinook Conservation, Trawling and Permit-Stacking Addressed by BoF Jan 13, 2014 View of Kodiak from Pillar Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Jay Barrett/KMXT The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its Kodiak area meetings on Friday afternoon at the Harbor Convention Center. KMXT’s Jay Barrett spoke with board Chairman Karl Johnstone about some of the decisions that came out of the meeting, and how the meeting schedule may change in the future..... 3:32 PM MON JANUARY 13, 2014 The Dillingham City Council Opposes Passage of House Bill 77 By MIKE MASON The Dillingham City Council has come out in opposition to a bill that is expected to be a major focus of attention during the next session of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details..... PORT STUDY Corps draft feasibility study on ports due in March

Danish commandos 'monitoring hippies' on Arctic offshore rig #artcticloons

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr Alaska Dispatch | May 31, 2011 Armed Danish commandos have (possibly) been summoned to monitor Earth-loving "hippies" clinging to the underbelly of an Arctic deepwater oil rig  off the coast of Greenland , sources say. The environmental non-governmental group  Greenpeace  has published  statements and  video  showing its activists aboard two ships that are attempting to "interfere" with oil exploration going on in the Davis Strait, 100 miles west of Greenland. This business has in turn prompted the Kingdom of Denmark to launch two ships and a few helicopters to monitor the Greenpeace interference. The  Leiv Eriksson  is the source of all this Arctic bait and switch. British oil company  Cairn Energy  is attempting to drill four wells at depths of at least 5,000 feet this summer in "iceberg-strewn sea" with the 53,000-ton offshore oil rig, which has made its way to Arctic waters after a month of failed attempts by Green