USCG Rescues 4 Near Whittier, Alaska
The Coast Guard rescued four hunters stranded in Blackstone Bay near Whittier Monday.
A 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Station Valdez safely transported the men and towed their skiff to Whittier.
Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center recieved a report from the men that they were cold and stranded without fuel or enough supplies to make it back to their camp or Whittier. Command center personnel issued a marine assistance request broadcast with no results and dispatched the RB-M crew to the scene, maintaining cell phone contact with the hunters until the crew arrived.
"This case serves as a good example of the need for hunters and boaters to be prepared for emergencies as we head into winter," said Ensign Jessica Stock, Sector Anchorage command center watchstander. "In addition to ensuring you have fuel, a radio and other supplies for your trip, make sure to file a float plan, ensure someone knows where you'll be boating and always wear a lifejacket while in your vessel."
Weather on scene at the time of the rescue was reported to be calm.