Coast Guard takes long flight chasing tripped beacon

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- Saltwater spray apparently activated an emergency beacon that sent the Coast Guard on an 850-mile rescue mission Saturday.

The Coast Guard Rescue and Coordination Center in Juneau received notice of the transmission at about 11:30 a.m. The beacon was registered to the Rosalie Claire, a 70-foot sailing vessel en route from Kuai, Hawaii, to Sitka. The vessel had set sail June 27.

The Juneau office directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak C-130 and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Rush from its transit to Kodiak to respond.

The C-130 reached the vessel three hours later and contacted the Rosalie Claire. The six people on board were in no distress despite 12-foot seas.

The crew on the vessel secured the beacon and the C-130 returned to Kodiak.

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