A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Kodiak, worked with two Air National Guard Pavehawk helicopter
s and rescue crews from Kulis Air National Guard Base
, to successfully hoist the 23 crewmembers of the Cougar Ace to safety. The operation began at 9:05 p.m, on July 24. By 9:30 p.m., the first seven crewmembers were hoisted from the vessel by a Pavehawk helicopter. At 9:43 p.m., the Coast Guard helicopter and crew had hoisted the next eight, departing for Adak at 9:51 p.m. The second Pavehawk helicopter hoisted the remaining crewmembers at 10:09 p.m., after completing a mid-air refueling from a nearby Air National Guard C-130 tanker
. Weather conditions during the operation were overcast skies with 8-knot winds. One crewmember was taken to Anchorage with a broken leg for further medical treatment. There were no other reported injuries. The remaining crewmembers were taken to Adak and are being transported aboard an Air Force C-130 to Anchorage.