Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Let's pull for the Polar Star

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a rescue helicopter and C-130 airplane this morning after the captain of the Polar Star radioed a mayday, saying the 58-foot seiner was taking on water and the crew of five was about to abandon ship. Rescuers arrived on the scene along the southern side of the Alaska Peninsula, some 65 miles west of Kodiak, to find the Polar Star crew in a skiff near the grounded vessel. The aircraft left the scene after the crew indicated they'll wait until high tide at 9:17 p.m. to try to refloat the seiner. The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan fishing boat are maintaining communications with the Polar Star crew. USCG photo


sko said...

I thank God that my brother and son on the Polar Star are all right. Thank You Coast Guard, the fishermen standing by for all you did. And thank you Deana for keeping me informed.

Anonymous said...

Any updates? Did they save the boat?

Anonymous said...

The Polar star is now sitting at Oscar's dock in Kodiak. Sounds like they are done for the season. And it also sounds like crewmember error, but maybe that is just talk of the dock.