by Channel 2 News staff
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Coast Guard rescuers hauled four men, all in good condition, to safety Wednesday morning as their boat was sinking in the Gulf of Alaska, according to a Coast Guard press release.
The Cape Spencer, a 47-foot longliner from Juneau, started taking on water about three miles south of Montague Island, which sits at the entrance to Prince William Sound, and the four men onboard had put on survival suits and abandoned the ship in favor of a life raft.
After receiving a mayday call at about 9:45 a.m., it took rescuers in Cordova about 25 minutes to reach the ship, helicopter pilot Cmdr. Shawn Tripp said.
"They called the Coast Guard immediately, they had their survival suits on and the life raft inflated and everyone got into it," Tripp said. "These guys did everything right to be rescued successfully."