Petty officer 1st Class Chuck Ferrante, of Air Station Kodiak, speaks with two Israeli men about their
condition Thursday, July 30, 2009. The Coast Guard helicopter crew was launched to rescue the
kayakers after receiving their distress call. They were en route from Seward to Homer and were located
near Gore Point 40 miles directly southeast of Homer.
and had traveled about 100 miles already. Now they were
caught in a storm.
tired, alone, beset by the weather they made the call…the
call for help. the distress call of albert Kachesky and Gadi
Goldfarb, both of israel, was heard and relayed by the crew
of the good samaritan fishing vessel inlet sunrise to the
Coast Guard Command Center in anchorage.
“Now put the ready 60 on the line for two kayakers
disoriented and adrift off Gore Point,” squawked over the
air crew’s ready crew pagers. as the personnel of the line
crew pulled the helicopter out, the flight crew wriggled
into two layers of long underwear, drysuits and lifevests.
helmets in hand they headed for the aircraft. about 30
minutes after the call had come in the blades were turning
and the rescue crew was en route.
while the aircraft was in flight the
crews of the fishing vessel vigilant and
Northern Mariner passed to search and
rescue controllers at sector anchorage
that they were within about a mile of the
kayakers relayed position and would
assist. the inlet sunrise continued to
help with communications but was
engaged in fishing and couldn’t break
with rescuers on three platforms
closing in Kachesky and Goldfarb
huddled together in their kayaks, they
activated their 406 emergency position
indicating radio beacon to help rescuers
locate them and rode the waves…
the location of a transmitting 406 beacon can be
determined within approximately three miles by the first
satellite pass, and to within one mile after three satellite
passes. the 406 ePirB uses the CosPas/sarsat
system of polar orbiting satellites which gives wo