ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted three people to safety off a beach near Cape Resurrection on Friday, after the boat they were on capsized.
The Coast Guard received the call at 11:47 a.m. from the operator the pleasure craft, Kasskade, reporting that a 19-foot skiff with four people aboard had overturned. The Kasskade crew were able to rescue the captain of the skiff, but due to 6-foot swells the other three remained stranded on the beach, wet and cold.
The Kodiak based helicopter crew launched in response, arriving on scene at 2:04 p.m. and by 2:50 p.m. safely transferred all three people to Seward.
"All three survivors listened to the directions from our rescue swimmer and made the hoisting evolution quick and safe," said Lt. Meg Peters, right seat pilot during the hoist. "This case turned out positive because the survivors recognized their situation, stayed in place and listened to the directions of the crew."
The captain of the skiff traveled to Seward aboard the Kasskade.