A biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game raised the alarm that the 43-foot gill netter Transit was disabled in the surf and taking on water. The master of the Transit shot off red flares and stayed with the vessel. Two good Samaritan vessels arrived on scene to render assistance but were unable due to surf conditions.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the man from the fishing vessel approximately 14 miles north of Port Moller near Kodiak Island, and transported him to Port Moller.
“This mariner aided his rescue by wearing a survival suit, using a signaling device and staying with his vessel,” said Lt. Dan Hendricks, command duty officer for the 17th District. “Those three elements combined with the prompt notification by the Fish and Game biologist allowed us to remove him from harm’s way.”