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Coast Guard rescues three hunters after boat sinks near Sand Point

Berett Wilber

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three hunters near Sand Point on Wednesday after the group's boat sank on the southern end of Popof Island.

The USCG command center in Juneau received a request for help from a satellite communications device around 3 a.m. after their boat went down.

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the three hunters from the shoreline about four hours later and took them to the Sand Point Airport. A local medical crew met the hunters and reported no injuries.

A Coast Guard representative said in a statement that it’s important to let people know where you’re going on the water and to carry multiple forms of communication in case of emergencies.

“In this case, the hunters had a satellite communications device and were able to notify the Coast Guard that they needed assistance and were able to start a fire to stay warm,” said Petty Officer First Class Ellery Landry, a watchstander with the 17th District.

At the time of the rescue, it was 17 degrees with 10 mph winds and 10-mile visibility.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the sinking.

Hope McKenney is a public radio news director, reporter, producer and host based in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
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