Coast Guard tows disabled vessel near Whittier, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew provides a tow to the 24-foot Bayliner Herrisea near Whittier, Alaska, March 8, 2015.  The rescue boatcrew assisted the three mariners aboard the Herrisea after the main engine failed.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dayron Lopez.

A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew provides a tow to the 24-foot Bayliner Herrisea near Whittier, Alaska, March 8, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dayron Lopez.

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew assisted three recreational mariners aboard the disabled 24-foot Bayliner Herrisea in Blackstone Bay near Whittier, Alaska, Sunday.

The rescue boatcrew rendezvoused with the Herrisea and safely towed the vessel to Whittier.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received notice from the mariners that their main engine had failed and they did not have enough fuel to return to Whittier. After the watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast, a good Samaritan responded but could only assist with anchoring and communications due to worsening weather conditions. Station Valdez launched the RB-M crew to assist.

“The mariners had all of the necessary equipment, food and shelter,” said Jimmy Belcher, command center watchstander, Sector Anchorage. “However, communications were limited to text messages, and with the deteriorating weather, we felt it prudent to get the mariners out of the elements by providing a tow.”

Weather on scene was reported as 40 mph winds and 5-foot seas.

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