Coast Guard Auxiliary rescues mariners near Homer, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Auxiliarist and Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island crewmembers rescued mariners aboard a disabled vessel 20 miles southwest of Homer Friday morning.

The Auxiliarist and two Roanoke Island crewmembers took the disabled vessel in tow with the Auxiliary vessel Quanah P and safely returned to Homer.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received the report of a disabled 23-foot pleasure craft with two people aboard late Thursday night. The watchstanders issued a marine assistance request broadcast, and contacted the Homer Auxiliary after no one responded.

The rescue crew located and rendezvoused with the disabled vessel and towed them safely back to Homer, arriving in the early morning.

“The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a vital part of our ability to assist mariners in Alaska,” said Lt. j. g. Laura Gadziala, a command duty officer at Sector Anchorage. “Our partnership and joint training with the Auxiliary makes us ready to respond during cases.”

Weather on scene was reported as 15 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

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