Four saved from sinking vessel in Gulf of Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ANCHORAGE- Four fishermen whose Seattle-based vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday evening were being lifted from the water Tuesday night after the U.S. Coast Guard responded to their call for help, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak received a radio distress call about 5:30 p.m. from a crew member on the 75-foot Northern Belle reporting the vessel was sinking and the four people aboard were abandoning ship, the Coast Guard said.

The vessel was about 50 miles south of Montague Island.

The Coast Guard deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which left Kodiak at 5:40 p.m.

The Hercules arrived on scene at roughly 7:30 p.m. and found the people in the water, reportedly with their survival suits on said Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley. The aircraft dropped them a life raft, which they got in until the Jayhawk reached the scene, he said.

The helicopter began pulling them from the water about 8 p.m. and was still on scene hoisting them about 8:20 p.m., he said.

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