Coast Guard rescues fishermen near Latouche Island

MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter file photo

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak based MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew rescued three fishermen from the partially submerged 42-foot fishing vessel Ruffian just north of Latouche Island in Prince William Sound Tuesday at 11:22 a.m.

The rescue crew launched from Kodiak at 9:20 a.m. and arrived on scene to hoist the crew and transferred the men to Whittier reportedly in good condition.

The crew of the Homer-based 42-foot fishing vessel Mu Rush, sister ship of the Ruffian, will reportedly pick the crew up in Whittier and transfer them back to the vessel with dewatering pumps and generator parts.

The vessel is reportedly no longer taking on water and members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez are working with the owner of the vessel to develop a salvage and transit plan for the vessel. There is no report of pollution in the area of the vessel which has approximately 200 gallons of diesel on board.

The fishing vessel crew were reportedly fishing for Pacific cod and skate fish at the time of the incident. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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