A Coast Guard aircrew assisted four people aboard a fishing vessel in danger of sinking late Feb. 2. The 53-foot F/V Pacific Star was taking on water in the vicinity of Fairweather Ground, about 50 miles southeast of Lituya Bay.
It’s the first winter in Bethel since a liquor store opened after almost 40 years of illegal sales. Alcohol is easier than ever to get, and Bethel Search and Rescue says the number of calls they receive, almost all alcohol-related, has spiked. Volunteers are getting worn out, resources are depleting and the organization is asking the community for help.