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Two rescued from F/V Alaska Catch – Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Two men were rescued from F/V Alaska Catch taking on water near Dutch Harbor Tuesday.

The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted the mariners from the fishing vessel Alaskan Catch and safely transported them to Dutch Harbor.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a satellite phone call from the crew of the Alaskan Catch after the vessel began taking on water near Unalga Island east of Dutch Harbor.  The two men aboard the vessel reported the Alaskan Catch was flooding near shore and taking damage due to rocks and waves.  Watchstanders requested the launch of the helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Kodiak while the men donned survival suits.

The C-130 crew arrived to the scene to provide visual and radio contact with the men until the MH-60 crew arrived.  Neither of the men was injured.

Weather on scene was reported to consist of 2-8 foot seas and cloudy skies with 15-23-mph winds.

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