Wednesday, June 1, 2011

After power loss, Southeast boat calls for help

From the U.S. Coast Guard:

June 1, 2011

Coast Guard cutter tows disabled boat to Ketchikan

The Coast Guard cutter Naushon on Tuesday towed the disabled 33-foot fishing vessel Ocean Point to Ketchikan from 16 miles south of Duke Island.

Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a call via VHF-FM channel 16 from the operator of the Ocean Point reporting he lost engine power after setting out his fishing gear.

The watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast and the good Samaritan crew of the 34-foot fishing vessel Thomasina responded, reporting they were willing to assist the Ocean Point.

The Thomasina began towing the Ocean Point to Ketchikan, but two hours later they reported to Sector Juneau they were not making progress and were concerned about being pushed in the wrong direction during the tide change.

The cutter Naushon crew got under way at 12:30 p.m. to assist the Ocean Point.

The Naushon crew began towing the Ocean Point at about 3:26 p.m. and safely moored the Ocean Point in Ketchikan at 10 p.m.

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