>Mother and son home safe thanks to Air Station Kodiak aircrew

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An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak rescued a mother and son, residence unknown, in Ugak Bay Sunday evening after a friend reported them and two others overdue to the Coast Guard.
KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Moore, left, Lt. Cmdr. Craig Neubecker, Lt. Vincent Jansen, Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Bastman, along with Candice Lotzer and her son, pose next to an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Air Station Kodiak after being hoisted from Ugak Bay on Kodiak Island Nov. 21, 2010. Lotzer and her son were on a hunting trip with Shane Lotzer and Chul Gibbs and needed to be hoisted after their skiff became grounded by low tide. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Kodiak.

Candice Lotzer, 24, and her son, 7, were in an 18-foot aluminum skiff with the others and hunting between Pasagshak Bay and Gull Point 25 miles south of Kodiak and didn’t return when scheduled.

“Whenever we get a call for assistance and hear that children’s lives are at stake we know time is of the essence and do everything we can to achieve a speedy rescue,” said Lt. Cmdr. Craig Neubecker of Burden, Kan., an MH-60 pilot at Air Station Kodiak. “We are very thankful that this rescue had a successful outcome and that all are now home safe and sound.”

A friend called the Coast Guard around 8:53 p.m., and a helicopter already airborne diverted to search for the four near Pasagshak Bay. The rescue crew located their truck and trailer at the boat ramp around 10 p.m. and conducted a shoreline search.

The helicopter crew found the hunting party aground in Ugak Bay about 10:21 p.m. and safely hoisted the two because the child could potentially go into hypothermia. The other two decided to remain behind with the boat until it could be refloated at high tide. They arrived safely in Pasagshak Bay around 1:34 a.m.

For video click the link: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1058798

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