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Coast Guard rescues three off Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued three fishermen from a liferaft Tuesday morning after their vessel grounded in Aniakchak Bay 196 miles southwest of Kodiak.

Resuced are Kirk Vandoren, 48, of Homer, Patrick McBride, 31, also of Homer, and Garrett Doktor, 22, of Raymond, Wash.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received the initial notification via an emergency position indicating radio beacon at 3:23 a.m. registered to the Homer-based 52-foot fishing vessel Bear. The watchstanders contacted the vessel’s master via satellite phone and were informed the vessel was aground and all three crewmen were in a liferaft wearing survival suits.

“The captain did a really good thing,” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Krahn, an aviation survival technician with Air Station Kodiak and the rescue swimmer on the case. “He had all the essentials that got him and his crew safely home – EPIRB, liferaft, survival suits.”

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