VIDEO: No time to lose

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In case you missed it, last week an Alaskan Coast Guard crew documented one of the most dramatic rescues you’ll ever see.

On Wednesday morning, Station Sitka received a mayday call from the 73-foot fishing boat Kupreanof, which said it was taking on water off Lituya Bay.

The crew had already donned survival suits and were, one by one, working their way along the rail and entering the water as the skipper maintained radio contact. As the four crewmembers were jumping into the water and entering the boat’s life raft, a Coast Guard swimmer was deployed into the water and swam to the raft.

The video is six minutes long, but riveting.

The Kupreanof had left Petersburg, Alaska, on Sunday, June 7, headed to Bristol Bay to tender for Silver Bay Seafoods.

Steve Berry, of Petersburg, was skippering. Joe Viechnicki, of KFSK Community Radio, spoke with Berry after the rescue.