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Two men stranded on skiff in Cook Inlet

Posted: November 15, 2011 - 6:43pm  |  Updated: November 15, 2011 - 7:10pm

Two men have been stranded in a 26-foot aluminum skiff in Cook Inlet approximately 200 yards from shore near Mile Post 8 of Kalifornsky Beach.

The skiff is currently tied to a buoy. The engine is not working and the skiff is taking on water, according to Alaska State Troopers.

“It appears the water being taken on is due to the choppy seas,” Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said.

The two men are communicating with rescuers through hand signals.

Initially receiving a call around 3 p.m., a rescue helicopter was launched, but it was unable to retrieve the men.

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers have launched a vessel out of Kenai. The Coast Guard has been informed as well.

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