Coast Guard aids crew of vessel aground

17th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew refloated and escorted the 30-foot pleasure craft Tailfeather to Ketchikan Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a call over VHF-FM Channel 16 at 12:50 p.m. from the operator of the vessel reporting that they were aground in Foggy Bay 35 miles southeast of Ketchikan with two people aboard.

The Coast Guard responded by issuing an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance of any mariners in the area and launched the MLB crew from Station Ketchikan. The rescue boat arrived on scene at 2:41 p.m. and assisted the Tailfeather crew to refloat the vessel. One Coast Guardsman remained aboard the Tailfeather with a dewatering pump ready while the MLB crew escorted the vessel safely back to Ketchikan arriving at 5:50 p.m.

“The crew used their VHF radio to contact the Coast Guard. We recommend carrying multiple forms of communication with you when boating in Alaska,” said Lt. Nate Sargent, Sector Juneau command duty officer. “Food and water as well as warm clothing for the constantly changing weather conditions is also a good idea.”

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