Homer-based Coast Guard Auxiliary escorts recreational vessel to Homer Harbor

Coast Guard Auxiliary LogoKODIAK, Alaska – A Homer-based Coast Guard Auxiliary 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew escorted a 16-foot recreational skiff crew from the east side of Kachemak Bay to Homer Harbor Tuesday evening after weather forced the skiff crew to beach the boat.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a phone call from Homer harbormaster reporting the crew of the skiff intentionally grounded the boat to prevent themselves from capsizing due to foul weather. The skiff crew reported taking waves over the bow of the boat as they tried to enter Halibut Cove from Kachemak Bay. The crew consisted of three minors and an adult.

“The skiff crew, upon beaching themselves, did the right thing by changing into dry clothes and starting a fire to prevent hypothermia and create a signal for rescue crews to find,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Rex Walsingham, a command duty officer for Sector Anchorage.

Sector Anchorage command center personnel directed the launch of the Auxiliary to assist the skiff crew. The Auxiliary RB-S crew launched from Homer and arrived on scene to assist the skiff crew at 7:44 p.m. They escorted the skiff to Homer Harbor arriving safely at 8:30 p.m. in good condition with no reported injuries.

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