Coast Guard helicopter hoists Alaska fisherman from sea off Oregon

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Alaska fisherman stranded on a lifeboat 90 miles off the Oregon Coast was hoisted to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter Thursday.

David Hayertz, 58, from Kenai, sent out a distress call at about 4:30 a.m. from the Miss Pris when he noticed the engine compartment filling with water.

The Coast Guard heard the call for help, but the signal died before Hayertz gave the ship's location.

The fisherman grabbed an electronic radio beacon before his ship sank. Once on his life raft, he turned on the beacon, leading rescuers to him.

Helicopters from the North Bend and Astoria stations searched the area where the mayday call originated. They detected the beacon's signal about two hours later, and a rescue team spotted Hayertz.

The crew used a specialized cable pulley system on the helicopter to hoist Hayertz from the water. He declined medical attention.

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