Four rescued from capsized boat

Posted: Monday, July 20, 2009

A close call doesn't begin to describe the experience four men from Anchorage faced Monday morning when their boat capsized while they were dipnetting on the Kenai River.

Photo by Joseph Robertia
Photo by Joseph Robertia
Kenai Fire Capt. Mark Anderson points to Billy Douglas of Anchorage, who is being carried away in the swift water in the Kenai River, after an emergency responder stepped onto the capsized boat, allowing the bow to lift, and Douglas to pop out from beneath it Monday.

"It seemed like forever," said Robert Long, in regard to how long he and his companions were in the 55-degree water before being rescued.

A multitude of responders -- on land and in the river -- took part in the rescue efforts, including the Kenai Fire Department -- who took the initial call at 11:35 a.m., Kenai Police Department, Central Emergency Services, Nikiski Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Parks rangers, as well as several dipnet fishermen already on the scene.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Clarion.

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