Advertisement

Elderly couple rescued off Kuskokwim River near Napaimute

(KTUU)
Published: May. 1, 2020 at 10:58 AM AKDT
Email this link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

An elderly couple was rescued from a skiff on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute early Friday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.

In a release from AST, officials said troopers in Aniak received information from the Department of Homeland Security State Emergency Operations Center that "warranted a welfare check" on 75-year-old John Borowski and 74-year-old Seraphine Borowski in Napaimute. Heavy flooding in the area due to excessive ice on the Kuskokwim River had become a concern.

AST had been conducting radio communications with the couple and other residents in the area, with aircraft conducting river watch operations, officials said.

At 7:40 p.m. Thursday, AST received a report that the couple was unable to reach higher ground and needed rescuing.

According to a statement from the Alaska National Guard, AST contacted the Rescue Coordination Center to conduct the rescue. The Alaska Air National Guard sent in an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and an HC-130 Combat King II aircraft with pararescuemen on board. Around midnight, a C-130 plane began circling the area, and a Blackhawk helicopter arrived and rescued the couple off their boat shortly after that.

The Borowskis were then found and taken to a trooper post in Aniak. They are "reported to be in good health," AST said.

Officials said there were no injuries during the rescue.

Copyright 2020 KTUU. All Rights Reserved.

Latest News

Latest News