Story last updated at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002

Fishermen rescued near Kodiak
The 50-foot fishing vessel Dakota caught fire in 22-knot winds and half-mile visibility near Afognak Island, forcing the two fishermen aboard to abandon the ship in a skiff and head toward the safety of shore.

Fortunately for them, a Coast Guard C-130 air crew, conducting training missions in the area, heard their mayday, established radio contact with the fisherman and arrived on the scene within 10 minutes.

The Coast Guard air crew then called an Air Station Kodiak rescue helicopter, also conducting a training flight in the area. The helicopter crew landed, took the uninjured men aboard and flew them to Kodiak.

The cause of the fire was unknown at the time, and the Coast Guard pilots reported no signs of fuel pollution from the ship.

--The Kodiak Daily Mirror

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