Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water near Ketchikan, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Ketchikan crewmembers assisted the six-person crew of a fishing vessel taking on water near Ketchikan Friday morning.

A Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew rendezvoused with the vessel taking on water, deployed a team with dewatering pumps and escorted the 65-foot purse seiner back into port.

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding team members help the crew of the fishing vessel Vernon dewater their engine room near Ketchikan, Alaska, July 18, 2014. The Station Ketchikan crew brought four pumps to manage the flooding aboard the purse seiner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding team members help the crew of the fishing vessel Vernon dewater their engine room near Ketchikan, Alaska, July 18, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the fishing vessel Vernon’s crew, with a report that one foot of water was in the engine room. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of the two boat crews.

Once on-scene, a Station Ketchikan boarding team began operating four dewatering pumps to control the flooding on the fishing vessel. The dewatering team stayed aboard the vessel as the Motor Life Boat crew escorted them back into Ketchikan.

“Our boat crews train on a variety of equipment so they are ready to assist and rescue mariners during emergency situations,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevinn Smith, officer-in-charge, Station Ketchikan. “Ensuring that mariners in our area of responsibility are safe is the number one priority for our station.”

The cause of the flooding is under investigation.

Weather on scene was reported as 10 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

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