The 60-foot Nordic Mistress slips beneath the waves of the Gulf of
Alaska May 22, 2011, 80 miles north of Kodiak. A Coast Guard rescue
helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak rescued the five members of the
crew from a liferaft after they abandoned ship. U.S. Coast Guard photo
by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin Lloyd
Anchorage residents were rescued by the Coast Guard after their vessel began
taking on water shortly before noon Sunday
Kodiak-based pleasure craft Nordic Mistress sent a mayday call reporting that
they were sinking 85 miles north of Kodiak and were abandoning ship.
Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Kodiak, while a HC-130 was
diverted to the location to search for the crew of the Nordic Mistress.
was found at 12:35 p.m. near the partially submerged vessel. They had donned
survival suits and were in a life raft surrounded by debris.
hoisted to the helicopter and taken to Kodiak.
Anchorage Coast Guard search and rescue controller said the rescue went so
smoothly in part because the people involved knew to put on survival suits and
get into the life raft. He said it "could have been the difference between life
and death" in this case.
credits the vessel crew and passengers for knowing how to properly use the VHF
marine radio to call the Coast Guard.
15 mph at the time of the rescue, with seas to six feet.
an unknown amount of fuel onboard the Nordic Mistress, and no pollution was
reported from the incident