Coast Guard assisting grounded fishing vessel near Kodiak Island

KODIAK, Alaska – The 42-foot fishing vessel Currency ran aground in Muskomee Bay on the north end of Raspberry Straight near Kodiak Island at 11:33 a.m. Saturday.

The crew of the Currency notified the Coast Guard that they had run hard aground and were taking on water in the engine room. They requested a dewatering pump.

The boat, based out of Homer, is approximately 20 feet from shore. No pollution has been reported. Approximately 200 to 300 gallons of diesel has been reported aboard but is not currently at risk of release.

The crew has sustained no injuries and all three crewmembers are in survival suits as a precaution but do not plan on leaving the vessel.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak was diverted from a training mission at 11:55 a.m. and located the vessel within 20 minutes.

The air crew passed two dewatering pumps and a radio to the vessel in two separate trips.

The fishing vessel’s crew reported that they have the flooding under control and are awaiting high tide to patch the vessel. They will then dewater the boat completely and re-float it.

The vessel remains on a one hour communications schedule with the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watch.

The vessel has been directed to proceed to Kodiak by the Captain of the Port Western Alaska upon effecting repairs.

Personnel from Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak inspect the damage and the subsequent repairs.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation by the Coast Guard.

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