Four people were rescued from Knight Island in Marsha Bay in the vicinity of Prince William Sound, Friday afternoon, after their boat sank.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were initially notified via satellite phone by a good Samaritan who heard the distress call via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Alaska State Troopers later received an emergency beacon alert from the survivors indicating that they were in distress.
Sector Anchorage watchstanders correlated the two distress calls and launched Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews along with a Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew.
The survivors activated activated a flare and the Jayhawk crew safely hoisted them and they were taken to Cordova, Alaska, with no medical concerns.