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Four men rescued from Kenai River

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

KENAI - A host of responders came to the aid of four Anchorage men after their boat capsized while dip netting on the Kenai River.

The 19-foot vessel overturned Monday after having engine problems.

The initial call for help was made at 11:35 a.m. and everyone was out of water before noon.

Robert Long, the boat's owner, says it seemed like he was in the 55-degree water forever. He was grateful so many responded quickly to the emergency. The Coast Guard, local fire departments, Alaska State Parks rangers and other fishermen all provided help.

Everyone aboard was wearing a life jacket. Long and his friend Russel Stigall credited that decision for their survival. Long's son and nephew were also rescued.



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