Coast Guard Cutter Hickory Rescues Three Near Kodiak Island

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to a call from a crewmember on the disabled 35-foot fishing vessel, Letun, reporting it had lost power and was adrift 500-yards north of Sitkinak Island Thursday at 7:55 a.m.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Homer, Alaska, overheard the distress call on VHF radio early Thursday morning and diverted from their patrol to the location of the Letun.

A crewmember along with two others on board the Letun had set anchor Wednesday evening to avoid 35-knot winds and attempt repairs on the failed engine. During the distress, a crewmember on board the Letun stated the anchor was no longer holding and was in danger of running aground.

The crew of the Hickory safely towed the Letun 25 miles from their location to the port of Lazy Bay located on the south end of Kodiak Island at 2:57 p.m.

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