Good Samaritans rescue three from sinking vessel near Bristol Bay

17th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska – Multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued and assisted three crewmembers of the 32-foot fishing vessel Horizon near Bristol Bay after their vessel started taking on water about midnight Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage overheard a conversation between the fishing vessel Horizon’s crew and the fishing vessel Rondys’ crew stating that the Horizon was taking on water. Sector Anchorage watchstanders relayed the information to the 17th Coast Guard District command center watchstanders and issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any vessels in the area to assist.

Seven good Samaritan vessels responded to the UMIB. The crews of the 32-foot fishing vessel Mercury and the 32-foot fishing vessel Victory were the first to arrive on scene at 12:32 a.m. Thursday and safely transferred the three Horizon crewmembers to their vessels.

It was reported to Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders that the good Samaritan vessels took the Horizon under tow and beached the vessel at 3:47 a.m. They fixed the source of the leak, dewatered the Horizon and refloated the vessel. The Horizon crew was able to get underway on their own power at 6:47 a.m.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as winds of 22mph with seas up to three feet.

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