Coast Guard tows disabled vessel to Ketchikan

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew towed the disabled 30-foot pleasure craft Riptide to Ketchikan Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a call at 7:15 a.m. from a good Samaritan reporting a vessel adrift about 100 yards from Point Higgins just north of Ketchikan.

The RB-S crew launched, arrived on scene and found one person aboard the disabled vessel. The rescue crew took the Riptide in tow at about 8 a.m. and safely arrived at Bar Harbor in Ketchikan about an hour later with no reported injuries or damage.

“After arriving back to Ketchikan we conducted a post search and rescue boarding on the Riptide and we found no issues,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Reno Swanner, the RB-S coxswain. “Talking to the owner, the vessel broke its mooring and drifted down the channel at night and the owner awoke to find himself adrift and without power. We recommend to all mariners that they check their moorings regularly and take multiple means of communication with them aboard their vessels.”

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