Four rescued from Kasilof River

Responders rescue four men from the Kasilof River after a current overturned their boat shortly after they launched into the river Monday morning under the Kasilof Bridge of the Sterling Highway.

Responders rescued four men from the Kasilof River after their boat overturned Monday morning.

Central Emergency Services responded at 7 a.m. to the Kasilof Bridge and the Sterling Highway to find the four men trapped at the pillar of the bridge in the middle of the river. Two of the men were sitting on the icebreaker under the bridge while the other two were stuck on the side of the overturned boat, according to a CES press release.

Crews arrived within five minutes of the call and set up a rope rescue off of the bridge and launched a rescue boat into the river. All four men were pulled out of the water into the boat. Medical personnel examined the men, who were cold and wet but released without injuries.

According to the release, the four men, all from out of state, set out from the Kasilof launch when a current overturned their boat broad side almost immediately, and dumped the men into the river.

All four men were wearing life jackets.

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