Tag Archives: Air Station Sitka

ERV and Coast Guard rescue sinking vessel

MH60_EOIR_11Dec14_025828_2 (1)The Coast Guard and the Sitka Fire and Police Departments joined forces last night (12-10-14) to assist a troller that was grounded near Rockwell Lighthouse.

Rescued hunter: “I made a couple of mistakes and it cost me.”

John Delong stands with Petty Officer 2nd Class Brendan Dent, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Vaughn and Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Ransom from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka after his rescue. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Pete Melnick)John DeLong, the Sitka hunter rescued by the Coast Guard last Wednesday (11-19-14) spent a long, cold night under a tree before the helicopter came to hoist him to safety.

Sitka hunter medevacked from Verstovia

Twenty-one-year old Scott Kennedy was out hunting alone on Mt. Verstovia when he fell and his pistol discharged. The bullet lodged just above the knee. A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoisted Kennedy aboard and delivered him to medical care.

Vislay: Helping the Coast Guard help you

Air Station Sitka's commanding officer Mark Vislay says the number one safety tool for anyone heading out onto the water is communication. "We can't find you if no one knows you're missing," he says. A pilot, Vislay describes flying in Southeast Alaska compared to some of his other assignments.

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka evacuated a 23-year-old man from a cruise ship near Glacier Bay on Thursday. The man, a crewmember on the ship, had come down with symptoms that looked like appendicitis.

Rescuers focus attention on prevention

Cdr. Pete Melnick, Air Station Sitka, and Sitka Mountain Rescue captain Don Kluting discuss some simple ideas for outdoor safety, whether you're planning a major hike or an afternoon walk.

VIDEO: Coast Guard helicopter rescues two near Kruzof Island

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 5.42.38 PMA Coast Guard helicopter rescued two hunters on Saturday after their skiff overturned near Sitka Point. The skiff apparently capsized after one of the two stepped out onto shore. A second man was left in the water, and managed to climb on top of the overturned boat. Coast Guard crew members filmed the rescue. To watch the video, click here:

Air power

A helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka rescues a man from a sinking vessel in Keku Strait on Tuesday (11-1-11). Winds at the time were over 40 knots. The crew flew Lester Kuntz, 47, to his hometown of Wrangell, where he was reported in good condition. His 22-foot boat, The Keeper, later sank. (Video provided by USCG Public Affairs.)