Coast Guard responds to vessel aground south of Ketchikan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan and Coast Guard Station Ketchikan crews are monitoring the 47-foot pleasure craft Scrimshaw that was left aground by low tide in Annette Bay off of Annette Island south of Ketchikan Sunday.

The Scrimshaw with two people aboard was at anchor in the bay when the retreating tide left the vessel aground. The grounding reportedly left several holes in the Scrimshaw and the boat is currently leaking diesel fuel. The vessel was reported to be carrying approximately 400 gallons of fuel.

Both people aboard the Scrimshaw were able to safely disembark the vessel.

A commercial salvage company is on scene and is working to patch the holes to stop the leaking fuel and prepare the boat for refloating at high tide.

High tide is expected in the area between 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The homeport and identities of the two people are unknown at this time.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The owner of the 47-foot pleasure craft Scrimshaw and a crewman from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan (ashore) survey the damage sustained by the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Ketchikan.

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