Coast Guard Helps Vessel Taking on Water

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to a distress call from a vessel
taking on water with one person onboard near Ketchikan Tuesday at 2:46 p.m.

A 47-foot motor life boat and 25-foot response boat were deployed from Station
Ketchikan, and an HH-60 helicopter was deployed from Air Station Sitka, to
assist the captain of the Lorelie L, who had notified the Coast Guard that he
was attempting to navigate his flooding vessel into Hidden Bay.

The captain then anchored the vessel near Kendrick Island to await tow. The
vessel’s bilge pumps were reportedly keeping up with the rate of flooding.

The 25 foot response boat arrived on scene and escorted the vessel to the
Kendrick Bay Lodge where the owner/operator will attempt repairs. There are no
reported injuries at this time, and the cause of the flooding is unknown.

On scene weather conditions at the time were calm seas with a 15 knot wind
blowing from the northwest.

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