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F/V Adrift, Two Rescued

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew from Forward Operating Location Cordova rescued two fishermen approximately 17 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, after their fishing vessel became disabled and adrift Friday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the fishermen from the fishing vessel Sunrise and transported them to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a request for assistance from the fishermen after their 26-foot fishing vessel became disabled and adrift near Strawberry Channel. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the rescue helicopter crew who were airborne and in the area on a training mission.

Marine Safety Unit Valdez has issued a notice to mariners of the disabled vessel and continues to monitor the situation as the owner makes arrangements for retrieval.

Weather on scene was reported as 6-foot seas, rain with 17 mph winds.

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