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Fisherman rescued from ‘bear’ island

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Forward Operating Location Cordova hoisted a fisherman from the north side of Montague Island and safely transported him approximately 50 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a request for assistance from the fisherman reporting that his 30-foot fishing vessel was disabled and aground. Watchstanders maintained a communication schedule with the fisherman who later reported he was preparing to abandon ship onto Montague Island, an uninhabited bear relocation site, due to incoming surf. Watchstanders directed the launch of the Cordova Jayhawk aircrew.

Weather on scene was reported as 3-foot seas and 29-mph winds.

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