Coast Guard and Good Samaritan Vessel Team Up

CG and Good Samaritan Vessel Team Up

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Good Samaritan vessel, UNICORN, and the Coast Guard teamed up to rescue a cabin cruiser Wednesday afternoon in Chatham Strait near Point Augusta.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, a 25-foot Response Boat (RB-S) from Station Juneau, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) also from Station Juneau after receiving a distress call at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday.   The pleasure craft (P/C) SEATONIC II, a 40-foot cabin cruiser, stated they were taking on water and heading toward Point Augusta to beach the boat.

The P/C UNICORN responded from 5 miles away and was first on scene. The UNICORN moored up alongside the SEATONIC II approximately 100 yards offshore and provided a pump for dewatering the vessel.

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived on scene shortly thereafter and reported no injuries and no signs of pollution.

The Coast Guard RB-S crew arrived on scene at approximately 3:45 p.m. and provided an additional pump for the SEATONIC II.  The MLB crew arrived on scene at approximately 5:20 p.m.

A Tenakee Springs Fire & Rescue boat also responded to the UMIB and assisted the Coast Guard MLB in escorting the P/C SEATONIC II to Tenakee Springs. The pleasure craft was safely moored at 9:10 p.m.

"Good Samaritans often make a difference in Alaska's unforgiving waters," said CDR Scott Bornemann, Deputy Commander at Coast Guard Sector Juneau, "the Coast Guard certainly appreciates their efforts and good will."

A post search and rescue safety boarding was conducted by the Coast Guard and no discrepancies were reported.

Again, not DH's personal work, but still good things for the "company" he works for.

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