Kodiak-based Coast Guard and emergency medical
personnel transfer a fishing vessel Kimberly survivor from a rescue
helicopter to an ambulance Jan. 25, 2012. The Kimberly went aground in
Portage Bay with four people aboard.
Coast Guard Petty Officer David Call and Petty Officer Jose
Varela-Sanots check a survivors medical condition at Air Station Kodiak
Jan. 25, 2012. The man survived the sinking of the fishing vessel
Heritage south of Kodiak Island. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer
2nd Class Charly Hengen.
fishermen from two boats are safe after separate incidents Tuesday night and
this (Wednesday) morning around Kodiak Island.
fishing vessel Kimberly ran aground on Portage Bay southwest of Kodiak on the Alaska
Peninsula last night around 8 p.m. The 68-foot
fishing vessel Heritage sank south of Kodiak Island this morning.
spokeswoman Charly Hengen in Kodiak said extreme weather prevented the rescue
of the crew from the Kimberly last night. As helicopter crews were returning to
the site of the Kimberly grounding this morning, they were diverted to respond
to the Heritage mayday call. Five crewmen were rescued from their liferaft by
the tug Tuxendi, and the other two, who were in the water, were hoisted aboard
the Jayhawk and returned to Kodiak in good condition.
the Good Samaritan tug dropped off the five crewmen it rescued at Lazy Bay on
the south end of Kodiak Island, where the men said they would arrange for their
own transportation back to Kodiak.
rescue, the Coast Guard returned to Portage Bay and hoisted the four fishermen
from the Kimberly. Hengen says two were mildly hypothermic and the other two
more severely hypothermic. Their current condition is unknown.
for the grounding and sinking have not yet been investigated, but severe
weather in the region and icing from heavy freezing spray could be factors.