Watch The USCG Perform a Daring Rescue Just Moments Before an Alaskan Fishing Vessel Sinks Beneath the Waves
by Owen James Burke
Screenshot from gCaptain‘s video.
A life spent working at sea has never been easy, but what would it be like without the coast guards of the world?
On Wednesday, June 10th, the USCG received a distress call from the fishing vessel Kupreanof from the Gulf of Alaska; she was listing heavily and about to sink.
The crew of four all donned their “gummy” or life suits and hopped into an inflatable life raft that was deployed at the very last chance. Because winds were not terribly high and one of the fisherman was an elderly fellow who could not swim, the aircrew sent down a rescue swimmer to perilously navigate the sea of rapidly forming debris to assist the crew. A loose deck line, or the broken hawser (tow-rope) from the life raft could have easily caught his foot dragged him down along with the doomed vessel.
Miraculously, he managed to assist in hoisting all four men up to the helicopter before the boat even sank–no small feat for an event that occurred within a time frame of no more than half an hour. The crew were flown to Sitka, where their conditions, judging by initial reports, appear to be stable. -OJB