Good Samaritan and Coast Guard Work Together for Rescue

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Good Samaritan vessel, UNICORN, and the Coast Guard teamed up to rescue a cabin cruiser Wednesday afternoon in Chatham Strait near Point Augusta Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, a 25-foot Response Boat (RB-S) from Station Juneau, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) also from Station Juneau after receiving a distress call at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday. The pleasure craft (P/C) SEATONIC II, a 40-foot cabin cruiser, stated they were taking on water and heading toward Point Augusta to beach the boat.

The P/C UNICORN responded from 5 miles away and was first on scene. The UNICORN moored up alongside the SEATONIC II approximately 100 yards offshore and provided a pump for dewatering the vessel.

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived on scene shortly thereafter and reported no injuries and no signs of pollution.

The Coast Guard RB-S crew arrived on scene at approximately 3:45 p.m. and provided an additional pump for the SEATONIC II. The MLB crew arrived on scene at approximately 5:20 p.m.

A Tenakee Springs Fire & Rescue boat also responded to the UMIB and assisted the Coast Guard MLB in escorting the P/C SEATONIC II to Tenakee Springs. The pleasure craft was safely moored at 9:10 p.m.

“Good Samaritans often make a difference in Alaska’s unforgiving waters,” said CDR Scott Bornemann, Deputy Commander at Coast Guard Sector Juneau, “the Coast Guard certainly appreciates their efforts and good will.”

A post search and rescue safety boarding was conducted by the Coast Guard and no discrepancies were reported.

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