Coast Guard rescues two from sinking vessel near Sitka

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Coast Guard aircrews from Air Station Sitka rescued a pair of fishermen from a sinking vessel on Monday evening.

Watchstanders received a distress call at approximately 8 p.m. that the 40-foot fishing vessel Glory required assistance, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The Sector Juneau Command Center launched an MH-60 Jayhawk to the assist the vessel, located in Islet Passage, roughly nine miles south of Sitka, according to the news release.

The crew of the helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer to the vessel’s deck. Video from the helicopter shows the rescue swimmer talking with the crew, advising the helicopter that the vessel’s engine was nonfunctional, the crew

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