Coast Guard assists 4 from vessel taking on water in Auke Bay, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Juneau Response Boat-Medium crew assists a 22-foot vessel taking on water in Auke Bay, Alaska, May 7, 2018. The Coast Guard boat crew delivered a dewatering pump to the 22-foot vessel, but after multiple attempts and a fast rate of flooding, the owner had to cease dewatering operations and was taken to Auke Bay Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Station Juneau Response Boat-Medium crew assists a 22-foot vessel taking on water in Auke Bay, Alaska, May 7, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew assisted four people who reported their 22-foot vessel was taking on water near Auke Bay, Alaska, Monday.

The Station Juneau boat crew arrived on scene and transferred a dewatering pump to the aground 22-foot fiberglass vessel. After several attempts at dewatering the vessel, it was determined the rate of flooding was too great to manage.

The Coast Guard boat crew transferred the vessel owner to Auke Bay Harbor who is scheduled to develop salvage plans. There were no reports of fuel discharge.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received initial notification via VHF-FM Channel 16 radio that the vessel ran aground and was taking on water. The four people aboard donned personal flotation devices after the incident.

Three people were transferred to the good Samaritan vessel Atlin. They were taken in good condition to Auke Bay Harbor. Other good Samaritan vessels and crews stayed with the 22-foot fiberglass boat to render assistance during the dewatering evolution.

“The people aboard the vessel did what they needed to do by calling for help via VHF Channel 16 and wearing their PFDs,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Breanna Tessier, an operations specialist and Sector Juneau watchstander. “Thanks to the good Samaritan vessels for assisting. When the call for assistance goes out, it’s a good to know other mariners will assist those in need.”

Weather at the time of the incident was clear skies with 11 mph winds and two-foot seas.

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