Coast Guard rescues 4 in Gulf of Alaska

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A Coast Guard helicopter lifted four men in a life raft to safety after their 47-foot fishing boat sank in the Gulf of Alaska.

The Coast Guard says the four were found Wednesday three miles south of Montague Island.

They include 61-year-old Thomas Tomrdle, and his son 29-year-old Thomas Tomrdle, both of Kenai; 70-year-old James Hielala Sterling; and 34-year-old Jeremy Sullivan of Whittier.

A light diesel sheen was spotted where the boat went down.

A longliner catches bottom fish such as halibut and cod using a long line with leaders and baited hooks.

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