Coast Guard Station Valdez rescues 3 aboard disabled vessel

Coast Guard Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners aboard a disabled vessel in Jack Bay 12 miles southeast of Valdez Friday.

A 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Coast Guard Station Valdez towed the 24-foot recreational vessel Morning Star and its passengers safely to Valdez.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a request for help via VHF-FM channel 16 from the passengers aboard the vessel and launched the smallboat crew to assist. Upon returning to Valdez, the crew of the smallboat conducted a post-search and rescue boarding of the Morning Star. The Coast Guard crew discovered there were no type IV lifejackets on board the vessel.

“Federal regulations dictate that any boat 16 feet or longer, except canoes and kayaks, must also carry one throwable personal flotation device,”said Cmdr. Shawn Decker, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “It’s fortunate the passengers aboard the Morning Star were only aboard a disabled vessel, but it’s important for all mariners to be prepared should someone go in the water.”

Weather on scene was reported as calm.

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