Coast Guard, state troopers rescue 3 aboard grounded vessel near Broad Island, Alaska

60 SitkaANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers rescued three people aboard a 53-foot recreational boat that ran hard aground on Broad Island in Peril Strait Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday that the Danasea ran aground and was taking on water with three people aboard. The vessel was equipped with an emergency position-indicating radio beacon, life raft, survival suits and a radio.

After 1 a.m. Sunday, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer and one pump and then a second after the first pump was not able to keep up with the flooding. The rescue swimmer remained aboard the Danasea while a good Samaritan vessel escorted it until the Alaska State Troopers vessel Enforcer arrived on scene. The good Samaritan vessel also brought aboard two of the people from the Danasea. At approximately 3 a.m. the Enforcer arrived on scene to escort the Danasea, while its skipper decided to continue transit to Sitka using the pumps to combat the influx of water.

“This case illustrates the importance of collaboration with local SAR [search and rescue] partners such as the Alaska State Troopers and the support of good Samaritans lending a hand,” said Vince Grochowski, Sector Juneau Command Center watchstander. “Snow squalls in the area greatly impacted the time Coast Guard aircraft could safely remain on scene; however, the responding vessels were able to provide critical assistance to the Danasea.”

At approximately 8:15 a.m. the Danasea moored safely at Halibut Point Marina while escorted by the Enforcer.

Weather on scene was reported as snowing with winds of 4.6 mph and 7 miles of visibility.

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