Murkowski Commends U.S. Coast Guard on Dramatic Rescues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commended the United States Coast Guard for the rescue of 18 fishermen in four incidents over the last two months in Alaskan waters.

The most recent incident occurred early Friday morning when the Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from a grounded vessel near Kodiak Island. This was the second major rescue in a week; on February 8, the Coast Guard saved five fishermen from a grounded vessel near Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands.

On January 25, the Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a vessel taking on water in Prince William Sound, and in late December, the Coast Guard made a dramatic rescue of five people from a sinking fishing boat near Petersburg.

“I commend the Coast Guard for all of these incredible rescues. In a little over a month the Coast Guard has saved 18 lives in Alaska,” Murkowski said. “Each rescue was in a different region of the state and each one showed the heroism that our brave men and women of the Coast Guard demonstrate on a daily basis. I want to thank all the Coast Guard members involved in these rescues for their continued service in keeping Alaskans safe and secure.”