Coast Guard rescues swamped boaters

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were safely airlifted from a beach near the mouth of Resurrection Bay on Sunday afternoon after their 22-foot boat swamped in the surf off Fox Island, according to the Coast Guard.

William St. Pierie, Zachary Woods and Bonnie Woods had been trying to land on the island for an afternoon of sightseeing when their boat filled with water, the Coast Guard said. They made a distress radio call to the Coast Guard at 1:36 p.m. and swam ashore.

Five other boats went to the scene of the accident, including the charter boat Sea Cat and the Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel Lady Fair. One of the boats radioed to the Coast Guard that all three victims appeared to be in good condition on the beach, according to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter carrying crews working on navigation aids near Whittier responded. After dropping off three crew members in Seward, the helicopter flew to Fox Island and picked up the shipwrecked boaters at 2:33 p.m.

The three boaters were taken to Seward and examined by emergency medical personnel, said Lt. Deborah Darminio, duty officer at the Coast Guard command center in Juneau.

''They're mildly hypothermic, but they're OK,'' she said.

The crew on the Sea Cat secured the sunken boat, got the water out and began towing it toward Seward, the Coast Guard reported Sunday evening.

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