from Bering Sea, Four Dead, One Missing
March 24, 2008
"Saving 42 people in Bering Sea in the winter is an incredible accomplishment," said Commander Todd Trimpert, Chief Incident Management 17th Coast Guard District and experienced Alaska rescue pilot, "we were very fortunate to have the Alaska Warrior in the area."
Crews from an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter from St. Paul, H-65 Dolphin helicopter deployed aboard CGC Munro, C-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Kodiak and CGC Munro from Kodiak rescued 20 crewmembers in 10-foot seas and 25-knot winds seas while the fishing vessel Alaska Warrior rescued 22.
Coast Guard Cutter Munro remained
on scene searching for the one missing individual from the Fishing
Vessel Alaska Ranger. The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
from St. Paul searched until dark Sunday and recommenced the
search at first light Monday morning.
"When we got on scene there was a spread, at least a mile long, of 13 survivors in gumby suits with strobe lights," said Aviation Survival Technician 2nd Class O'Brien Hollow, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, "I went down without disconnecting from the helicopter and picked them up one at a time."
Four fishermen died and one
remains missing, including reports that one man may have sustained
life threatening injuries during the rescue effort. "A thorough
review of this case will be conducted and our sympathies are
with all the family members involved in this dramatic incident,"
said Captain Inman.
The Alaska Ranger has been confirmed sunk. The names of the deceased are not being released pending next of kin notification.
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