Tag Archives: Air Station Sitka

With seconds to spare, Coast Guard rescues crew of Kupreanof

Four people are safe after their fishing tender sank off Cape Fairweather early Wednesday morning (6-10-15). A helicopter from Air Station Sitka hoisted the crew of the 80-foot tender Kupreanof, just as the vessel rolled and sank in six-foot seas near Lituya Bay.

Coast Guard rescues charter passenger near Peril Strait

Crew members from Air Station Sitka shot this video while rescuing a 68-year-old man from a charter fishing vessel on Sunday. (Image courtesy of Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs)A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a passenger from a charter fishing boat north of Sitka on Sunday night (5-24-15), after he reported chest pains.

Coast Guard and SAR training together

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.

Coast Guard rescues hiker on Chichagof Island

A map identifying Gull Cove, on the north end of Chichagof Island, as shown on the Gull Cove Lodge website.A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a hiker early Saturday morning (4-11-15) after she went missing from a lodge on Chichagof Island.

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.