first published on July 14, 2018 by Sean
US Coast Guard helicopter crews operating out of Air Station Sitka responded and rescued 11 survivors of a small plane crash on a remote island in Southern Alaska recently. Braving tough weather conditions and supported by local volunteers and the Alaska State troopers, the Coasties were able to safely hoist out all survivors off a mountain and quickly render medical attention.
Video Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard & Air Station Sitka.
Two Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews operating out of at Air station Sitka and working with the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and Alaska State Troopers safely rescued 11 people after a small aircraft went down on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska this past Tuesday. The Coast Guard aircraft arrived on scene and eventually located the downed aircraft through the aid of its emergency locator, safely hoisting the 11 lucky survivors from the side of a mountain.
The rescue took place during dismal weather conditions and poor visibility, hampering the initial search efforts. Surprisingly, only minor injuries were reported after the small place crash landed on Mount Jumbo at roughly 2,000 feet in elevation. All survivors were transported to local area hospitals and are expected to recover from their injuries.