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Thu Jun 15, 2017, 05:31 AM

2 men, 2 cats rescued from rough waters of Cook Inlet

The Anchorage Fire Department rescued two men and two cats from the waters of Cook Inlet on Sunday after rough water halted their attempt to reach Fire Island.

An emergency call came in shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday. The caller told a 911 dispatcher that he and a friend were trying to make it to the island off the southwest coast of Anchorage on a raft and an 8-foot skiff, but the endeavor proved too difficult. The men were using only the tide and two oars of different sizes, the fire department said.

"The gentleman who called worried they wouldn't make it to the island as the seas had kicked up and the water was getting rougher," the fire department said.

AFD Battalion Chief Mike Davidson said the raft started taking on water, but boating in the Inlet on either of the vessels is a "very hazardous endeavor." The rescue boat the fire department uses in the same waters has an enclosed cabin, Davidson noted.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2017/06/13/2-men-2-cats-rescued-from-the-rough-waters-of-cook-inlet/

The story continues with mention that the cats remained calm while they were in the pet carrier.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 05:58 AM

1. That's great that they rescued the cats and men BUT...

I have to ask... WHY were the men crossing on a raft and skiff and WHY did they have the two cats with them? I'd especially really like to know why the cats.

Were they going wilderness camping? I Googled to see what it looked the island looks like and, while beautifully wooded, it doesn't look populated except by wind mills and what looks like a ranger station. I can't imagine taking my cats along unless 'maybe' I was going camping (I've 'camped' with cats in the past). Mind you the rescuer in me hopes it wasn't just to dump the cats there.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:18 AM

2. Maybe they were going camping and didn't have anyone to look after the cats,

so brought them along?

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:30 AM

3. That's pretty much the reason I hope for. nt

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