The U.S. Coast Guard has found three Anchorage men aboard a fishing boat overdue from a weekend trip to Prince William Sound.
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage officials say the overdue 24-foot Bayliner is at anchor Wednesday morning with the cutter Long Island, north of Knight Island in a bay called Lower Passage. At about 8 a.m., the Coast Guard will give the vessel 36 gallons of fuel and escort the crew into Whittier.
Lt. j.g. Victoria Swinghamer at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center says the Bayliner, carrying 40-year-old John Dimmick, 28-year-old Mark Valdez and 25-year-old Corey Bicchinella, was spotted by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter involved in the search Tuesday.
“The vessel has been located, with the people aboard,” Swinghamer said. “The helicopter actually located them from the air.”
The search for the Bayliner was prompted by the boat becoming disabled and out of reach by communications gear. The boat had left Whittier Sunday morning on a two-day fishing trip to the Perry Island area, with the Coast Guard conducting search operations Tuesday.
“They’re actually in a spot that doesn’t have any VHF radio coverage -- they couldn’t hear us, we couldn’t hear them,” Swinghamer said. “There also wasn’t any cellphone coverage.”
The men had been awaiting the Long Island's arrival Tuesday for assistance in proceeding to Whittier.
Channel 2's Garrett Turner contributed information to this story.