Coast Guard Responds to Stranded Vessel in Porcupine Cove

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to a stranded vessel that ran aground and became swamped in Porcupine Cove near Resurrection Bay early Wednesday morning.

An HH-60 ‘Jayhawk’ rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Aviation Support Facility Cordova located the two mariners ashore near their skiff.

The Natoa, a Good Samaritan vessel, relayed communications to the Sector Anchorage Command Center. The Coast Guard started communications with the Natoa at approximately 5:30 this morning.

The stranded vessel is a 17-foot skiff, which had two people aboard. The mariners hand held radio was low on batteries. Because of the low battery power, the stranded persons were not able to contact the Coast Guard directly.

The owner of the skiff is Fred Ferrieoa, of Anchorage and his passenger is Richard Willard.

The rescue helicopter transported the mariners to Seward, where their voyage began. No medical concerns were reported.

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