Coast Guard rescues fishermen moments before boat sinks

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Coast Guard Rescues Fishermen Moments Before Boat Sinks

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people moments before their fishing boat sank on Wednesday.

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka was sent to the scene off the coast of Alaska. By the time the rescue group reached there, the boat was already partially submerged in water.

According to the Coast Guard, "The crew arrived on scene just as the four people aboard were attempting to get into the life raft."

Over a span of 20 minutes, as the vessel kept going further down into the water, all four were lifted to safety.

Chris Stoeckler, the helicopter's pilot, told KCAW, "The last basket hoist, the boat sank, and took the raft with it."

An investigation is underway to determine how the vessel got flooded in the first place.

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Coast Guard rescues fishermen moments before boat sinks
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