Coast Guard Auxiliary and Good Samaritan Aid Stranded Boater

NCHORAGE, Alaska – A good Samaritan and the Coast Guard Auxiliary came to the aid of a stranded boater after his 28-foot boat ran out of gas and drifted onto rocks in Blackstone Bay east of Whittier Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received his call for help at 2:53 p.m. The watchstanders immediately diverted the Whittier-based Coast Guard Auxiliary small boat and issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any able mariner in the area to offer assistance.

Within 10 minutes of the call for help a good Samaritan arrived on scene, picked up the boater and towed his boat from the rocks. The good Samaritan transferred the man and his vessel to the responding Coast Guard Auxiliarists who then escorted him safely back to Whittier.

“Good Samaritans are instrumental in helping the Coast Guard come to the aid of boaters in distress,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brad Terrell, Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The Coast Guard responds immediately to mariners in distress, but the willingness of good Samaritans to step up and help a fellow boater can often keep a case like this from developing into something worse.”

There was no reported damage to the boat and no visible signs of pollution.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the Coast Guard. Its 29,000 members support the active duty Coast Guard on missions including public education, vessel examinations and safety patrols.

For information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Alaska visit http://a170.uscgaux.info/.

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