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Pete Melnick, the Operations Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, and Lance Ewers, the volunteer captain of Search and Rescue (SAR), share plans by to conduct a joint training operation this weekend and ongoing recruiting efforts. Melnick also shared safety reminders as boating season approaches. Downloadable audio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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:
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.)