Coast Guard rescues two fishermen

Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009

JUNEAU - Two fishermen are safe after being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said Luke Erwinski and Brandon Phillips were fishing Saturday when winter weather forced them to beach their 20-foot boat on Knight Island.

Their employer reported them overdue late Saturday.

A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched from Kodiak early Sunday morning and located the men on the island, about 100 miles south of Anchorage.

There were no injuries. The Coast Guard said the two built a fire while awaiting rescue. They also had food and water with them.

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