Good Samaritans, Coast Guard work together to rescue four after vessel overturns near Kodiak


The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued four people after their vessel, the Alaska Rose, capsized approximately two nautical miles northeast of Chiniak Island on Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report over VHF channel 16 at approximately 4:31 pm from the crew of Alaska Rose, a 46-foot fishing vessel, stating their vessel was taking on water.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast on VHF channel 16 and launched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew.

The helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 4:56 p.m., located one person on the overturned vessel, hoisted them, and transferred them to Air Station Kodiak where they were met by medics. Nightime was rapidly approaching.

The crew of Good Samaritan vessel Kylia, a 57-foot fishing vessel owned by Gilbert Brothers Fisheries Inc., arrived on scene at approximately 5:02 pm, rescued three people from the water, and transferred them to Kodiak where they, too, were met by local medics.

“I wholeheartedly thank the good Samaritans involved,” said Lt. Madeline Romito, Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “The quick response between them and the helicopter crew played a major role in the positive outcome of this case.”

The cause of the incident involving the Alaska Rose, built in 1979, is under investigation.

Weather conditions at the time of the rescues were 30-knot winds and 8-foot seas.


  1. “Weather conditions at the time of the rescues were 30-knot winds and 8-foot seas”.

    …and the icing conditions were?

  2. These captains think they know best and nothing will happen to them.
    Guess what Mother Nature will show them who rules the water.

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