Rescue Helicopter Blows Deflating Raft Ashore

The Air Force, Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have worked together to rescue a man who found himself on a deflating raft in Cook Inlet near Anchorage.

The Coast Guard got a request for help Tuesday evening from troopers who reported the man was in trouble. That agency launched a helicopter crew from Kodiak.

Then the Air Force advised that it had both a plane and a Black Hawk helicopter about five minutes away.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Diana Honings says the Black Hawk crew used the helicopter’s rotor wash to push the man’s deflating raft to shore, where he was met by troopers. They flew him to a hospital for evaluation.