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Coast Guard rescues two northwest of Cold Bay (beachcombers at Izembek Lagoon)



KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued two Cold Bay residents 11 miles northwest of Cold Bay Monday.

Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a phone call from a family member at 11:50 p.m. Sunday reporting the two men overdue from a beachcombing trip to Izembek Lagoon.

The watchstanders directed the launch of the rescue helicopter crew, which is forward deployed on the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, to conduct a search. The rescue crew hoisted the two men at 2:53 a.m. from the beach in good condition with no reported injuries and took them to Cold Bay.

"The two men filed a detailed float plan with friends and family with the time they were leaving and returning, which resulted in them being found quickly," said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Roberto, command duty officer with the District 17 command center. "The Coast Guard highly recommends that anytime mariners decide to get underway that they file a float plan with friends, family and their local harbormaster. A float plan should include departure and return time information, number of people onboard and intended routes and destinations."

The weather at the time of the rescue was report as winds of 12 mph with an air temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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