Coast Guard Sector Juneau responded to a disabled vessel 25 miles northeast of Sitka Tuesday.
Two injured boaters were rescued from the 32-foot vessel Atlantis by a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. The pleasure craft reportedly struck a rock on the shore near Salisbury Sound. The boaters were transported to emergency personnel in Sitka and taken to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.
Before the Coast Guard arrived on scene, good Samaritans aboard the vessel Kiwi responded to the Atlantis’ request for assistance. The crew aboard the Kiwi was able to tow the Atlantis to a nearby beach where the Jayhawk crew was able to reach the injured boaters.
Sitka Mountain Rescue towed the vessel back to Sitka. Weather reported at the time of the incident was 12 mph winds and a temperature of 24 degrees.