Coast Guard, good Samaritan responding to sunken tug east of St. Paul Island

17th Coast Guard District News
KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of the 68-foot tug Aries taking on water with four crewmembers aboard 109 miles east of St. Paul Island Sunday.

Communication Station Kodiak watchstanders received the initial notification from the crew of the Aries at 6:11 a.m. reporting the vessel was taking on water and the crew was donning their survival suits. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any vessels in the area assist the Aries crew if possible.

The Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to respond. They also diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, currently in the Bering Sea, to the scene.

The Hercules crew arrived on scene at about 9:30 a.m. and confirmed the tug has sunk and the four crew are safely aboard the barge they were towing. The 29-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Alaska Knight was in the area and responded to the UMIB and is expected to arrive on scene at 11:10 a.m. The helicopter and Healy crews are still en route.

The weather on scene is reported as 29 mph winds, 11-foot seas and a water temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit.

The tug Aries is owned by C&K Marine based out of Anchorage and reportedly has 29,000 gallons of diesel on board.

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