Coast Guard Station Valdez tows disabled pleasure craft 40 miles to Valdez

17th Coast Guard District News

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Station Valdez 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew towed the disabled 27-foot pleasure craft On The Fly with one person aboard 40 miles from Fairmount Island to Valdez Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a call via VHF-FM channel 16 at 7 p.m. from the skipper of the vessel reporting he experienced a main engine failure. The RB-S crew was diverted from a routine patrol to assist the operator of the vessel.

“The skipper of the pleasure craft On The Fly did the right thing by contacting the Coast Guard reporting that he was having engine problems,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brad Terrell, an operations unit controller with Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center. “Because the skipper had the proper communication devices on board his vessel he was able to radio for help informing the Coast Guard and other mariners of his need for assistance.”

The RB-S crew arrived on scene Monday at 9:13 p.m. and began towing the vessel to Valdez. The pleasure craft was safley moored in Valdez Harbor at 3:23 a.m.


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