Coast Guard rescues 7 after tour boat runs aground near Baranof Island

17th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued seven people after the 78-foot passenger vessel Northern Song went soft aground near Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska Friday.

The helicopter crew landed on the shore, embarked the passengers and safely transported them to Sitka with no reported injuries. The master of the vessel and three crewmembers stayed aboard the Northern Song and refloated the vessel at about 9:15 a.m. There is no reported damage or pollution.

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon and crew conducted a safety boarding on the vessel and did not note anything of concern. The Northern Song and crew are scheduled to moor at their homeport of Petersburg tonight.

“The vessel master did everything right in his response to this emergency” said Scott Giard, lead command center controller at Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “He had the required survival equipment on board for all his passengers and was able to get them to safety in a timely manner. He made the Coast Guard aware of his situation very fast, enabling us to render assistance quickly.”

Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a VHF-FM channel 16 call at about 4:20 a.m., from the master of the Northern Song stating his vessel went aground on the southeast side of Baranof Island in Deep Cove. The passengers donned their survival suits and took a small inflatable life raft to shore.

The cutter Naushon is a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan.

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