KODIAK — Four kayakers were rescued in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Sunday, by a small-boat crew from the Kodiak-homeported Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro.
According to a press release, the kayakers activated a personal locator beacon after one of the kayaks overturned.
The Douglas Munro small-boat crew transferred the kayakers to the cutter to be medically assessed. On Monday, the kayakers were transferred to Juneau after no medical concerns were found.
"At the time of the PLB alert, we were actively patrolling in the area," said Capt. Kevin Riddle, the cutter’s commanding officer. "We are thankful that these kayakers were well equipped with an emergency transponder because it allowed us to quickly locate and rescue them.”
Notification of the activated personal locator beacon was received by Seventeenth Coast Guard District watchstanders, who contacted National Park Service personnel. NPS initially assumed responsibility for the search, but later requested an agency assist from the Seventeenth Coast Guard District due to a lack of available assets. Coast Guard watchstanders then diverted the crew of the Douglas Munro and requested the launch of an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew to conduct the search.
The Douglas Munro crew located the kayakers waving their arms from the shore. The kayakers and one kayak were taken aboard the Douglas Munro upon verification of PLB activation from their overturned kayaks.
Weather on scene was reported as 5-7 mph winds and 2-3 foot seas.
The crew of the Douglas Munro is currently deployed on a three-month patrol in the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2018.