The Coast Guard rescued two men from Sitkinak Lagoon, located about 85 nautical miles southwest of Kodiak, after their boat capsized on Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report at 3:08 p.m. from a witness on a cattle ranch on Sitkinak Island that two 37-year-old men were stranded in waist-deep water on a sandbar after their 16-foot boat capsized.
The men were in the water for about one hour and 15 minutes, said Petty Officer Lexie Preston, a Coast Guard public affairs specialist. At the time of the rescue, the men were wearing rain gear, but she could not confirm if other safety gear was on board their vessel.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted both men from the hull of their capsized boat and took them to a nearby ranch where they were staying. Both men were reported to be in stable condition.
“We’re thankful that the good Samaritan who witnessed the skiff capsize had a VHF radio and was able to alert us of the incident,” said Cory Cichoracki, command duty officer at Sector Anchorage. “Their swift action allowed us to quickly locate these two men.”