Coast Guard, good Samaritans assist fishing vessel near Sitka, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and three good Samaritan vessels assisted the fishing vessel Sandra L after it began taking on water near Cosmos Cove Tuesday morning.

The Sandra L crew was able to patch the breach following dewatering of their vessel and began transit back to Sitka with a good Samaritan escort.

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Belisle, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Sitka, unpacks and transfers a dewatering pump to a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Sandra L in Cosmos Cove near Sitka, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2014. The crew of the Sandra L had requested assistance after their vessel began taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Belisle, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Sitka, unpacks and transfers a dewatering pump to a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Sandra L in Cosmos Cove near Sitka, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from the Sandra L crew stating they had beached their vessel in Cosmos Cove after taking on water. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast for assistance from any nearby mariners and requested the launch of the Jayhawk helicopter crew.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene, delivered a dewatering pump and stood by as the Sandra L crew began dewatering the vessel.

Three good Samaritan vessels answered the UMIB and proceeded to the Sandra L’s location where they transferred additional dewatering pumps. The good Samaritans stayed on scene and escorted the Sandra L once it was able to safely make way.

“Within 20 minutes of issuing the UMIB the first good Samaritan vessel arrived on scene, with the other two arriving shortly after,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Chad Mountcastle, command duty officer, Sector Juneau. “We are always grateful and appreciative when good Samaritans answer the call for assistance.”

Weather on scene was reported as 3-foot seas and 17 mph winds.

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