The F/V Capt'n Andrew aground south of King Cove. US Coast Guard photo
are safe after being rescued from their grounded fishing vessel yesterday morning
along the Alaska Peninsula.
The U.S. Coast
Guard reports the Capt'n Andrew, a 57-foot fishing boat, ran aground on Bold Cape,
four miles southeast of King Cove Sunday morning.
vessels Golden Dawn and Just In Case responded after the Coast Guard put out an
Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting local vessels that could safely assist
the stricken boat.
of the Just In Case launched a skiff and took the five-person crew off the partially
submerged vessel and transferred them back to his boat, while the Golden Dawn crew
relayed information to the Coast Guard. Two Air Station Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk
helicopters forward-deployed in St. Paul were launched but were not needed.
a Coast Guard search and rescue controller at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center
in Juneau said Good Samaritan vessels play an essential role in remote rescues,
when vast distances can delay a Coast Guard response.
The Just In
Case safely transported all five crewmembers from the Capt'n Andrew to King Cove
with no reported injuries.
The Capt'n Andrew
reportedly is carrying approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios
says there was no immediate sign of pollution from the 57-foot boat The Coast Guard says a
salvage vessel is heading to the grounding site and is expected to
arrive today (Monday). The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
Weather on scene
was reportedly 10-knot winds and less than a mile of visibility.