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August 22, 2007

(SitNews) - Four people are safe after their fishing vessel capsized in Ugak Bay near Kodiak Island Tuesday morning. The crew of the 42-foot fishing vessel Golden Girls were rescued by the fishing vessel Chiniak after the Coast Guard released an urgent marine information broadcast to vessels in the area.

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The fishing vessel Golden Girl's floats overturned in Ugak
Bay near Kodiak Island Tuesday morning.
Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm

The Chiniak responded and took two of the Golden Girls crew members aboard. The other two crew members safely reached shore in Eagle Harbor. At 8:44 a.m Tuesday., the Coast Guard launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak after receiving a distress signal from a 406 emergency position indicating radio beacon originating in Ugak Bay.

The fishing vessel Chiniak rescued two of the four crew members of the fishing vessel Golden Girls after it capsized in Ugak Bay Tuesday morning near Kodiak Island. The other two crew members reached shore safely.
Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm

The Coast Guard arrived within 15 minutes and after confirming that the crew of the Golden Girls were safe returned to the air station. The vessel remains partially submerged. The cause of the incident is being investigated by Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak.

Mariners are encouraged by the USCG to ensure all necessary safety equipment is onboard and in working condition. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachments are available to assist mariners by conducting free commercial fishing vessel safety exams.




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