Coast Guard Saves Houseboat from Sinking

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard saved a houseboat near Ketchikan from sinking early Saturday morning after it began taking on water Friday evening.

Responders from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan, Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization (SEAPRO) quickly arrived on scene last night approximately 10 miles northeast of Ketchikan in Coon Cove where they found the houseboat owned by Evergreen Timber LLC taking on water.

The houseboat was tied to the shore and grounded taking on water due to a large tidal flow. The vessel was listing on the starboard quarter and had approximately 6000 gallons of #2 diesel fuel oil on board.

Station Ketchikan began dewatering operations and fuel vents were plugged.

Dewatering operations were successful and the houseboat is currently stable.There were no reported injuries.

A Coast Guard investigation will be conducted.

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