ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard helped rescued five people stranded on a life raft after their pleasure boat sank Sunday about 85 miles north of Kodiak Island.
The Coast Guard took a mayday call by VHF radio late Sunday morning from the 60-foot Nordic Mistress - a motor yacht available to rent for luxury cruising in the Prince William Sound and the Kodiak Islands.
A helicopter crew from Kodiak launched at 11:50 a.m. and the Coast Guard diverted a HC-130 Hercules airplane to help search for the vessel.
After a 45-minute flight, the helicopter reached the sinking vessel and it was partially submerged.
Five people from the boat, all from Anchorage, were in the life raft and were wearing survival suits. The Coast Guard says the life raft was bobbing in 6-foot seas with winds blowing at 15 mph.