Friday, October 30, 2009

Four rescued after abandoning ship near Dutch

This just in from the U.S. Coast Guard:

Oct. 30, 2009

Coast Guard coordinates rescue of four fishermen off Juneau fishing vessel

JUNEAU — The Coast Guard coordinated a rescue of four Alaska fishermen after receiving a mayday call from a crewmember aboard the Juneau-based fishing vessel Carly Renee reporting they were taking on water and abandoning ship 22 miles east of Unalaska Island at approximately 4:42 p.m Friday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Munro heard the mayday call over VHF radio from the Carly Renee and immediately issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast while en route to the scene.

The fishing vessel Guardian responded within 10 minutes to the UMIB and arrived on scene to safely rescue the four fishermen who were in a life raft.

The Munro arrived on scene shortly after and transferred a health services technician to the Guardian by small boat to determine the condition of the four fishermen.

The four fishermen were reported in stable condition with no injuries and were transferred to Dutch Harbor by the fishing vessel Guardian.

The Carly Renee did not sink. It is capsized and is estimated to have 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

Weather conditions at the time of the incident were 23 mph winds from the east with 1-foot seas.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska.

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