Coast Guard responds to vessel aground near Ketchikan, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boatcrew and a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew responded to a 38-foot fishing vessel aground with one person aboard near Ketchikan, Saturday morning.

The Ketchikan boatcrew recovered the boater from the beach and transferred him to Station Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report of a vessel aground at Lyman Anchorage in Clarence Strait. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast for assistance from any nearby mariners and requested the launch of the Station Ketchikan crew.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew, returning from a previous mission, was diverted to the scene to assist. A good Samaritan vessel, the Guardian, answered the UMIB and proceeded to the location.

Once on scene, the Station Ketchikan boatcrew launched a workskiff and recovered the boater from the beach. They returned to Ketchikan where the boater was reunited with his family with no medical assistance needed.

“We encourage all mariners to ensure emergency and safety equipment is in good working order,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Durham, watchstander, Sector Juneau. “Proper use of personal floatation devices and emergency equipment greatly helps in locating and rescuing mariners in distress”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Weather on scene was reported as 17 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

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