Coast Guard rescues four who abandoned ship south of Atka Island

Courtesy: MGN

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard Saturday after abandoned ship after their boat began taking on water when it reportedly hit a rock south of Atka Island, Saturday.

A press release sent Sunday states Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received the alert from the fishing vessel, Clyde. They contacted the fishing vessel captain's wife who confirmed her husband was aboard the vessel where the alert was coming from. She told the Coast Guard she received a phone call from her husband stating the Clyde was sinking, and all four people were abandoning ship into life rafts.

Watchstanders quickly diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley with a Dolphin helicopter and crew aboard. They also launched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules aircraft crew.

The Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene and located one life raft and one zodiac with all four people aboard headed towards the shore. The Dolphin crew waited for the survivors to make it to shore, landed nearby, embarked the four survivors and transported them to Adak clinic where they were evaluated with no reported medical concerns.

The Hercules aircraft landed in Adak and transported the survivors back to Air Station Kodiak.

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