A helicopter rescue crew airlifted five people from a sinking fishing boat off the Alaska coast, the Coast Guard said.
Crew members made a radio call for help about 10 a.m. Saturday, notifying authorities that the 34-foot Sandy M was taking on water and they planned to abandon ship.
Amid heavy winds and choppy seas, the rescue helicopter arrived at 10:40 a.m. and hoisted three crew members from a life raft and two from the water, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Emergency medical teams were waiting for them onshore in Sitka, Alaska.
The rescue took place near Whitney Island, Alaska, when winds were reportedly 40 mph and waves were between 6 and 8 feet, the statement said.
A helicopter rescue crew airlifted five people from a sinking fishing boat off the…
by Tactical-Life.com / Dec 19, 2010