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Coast Guard rescues mariners in distress

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:52 AM November 14, 2013

Vessel adrift in Bering Sea carried 22-person crew

ANCHORAGE -  The crew of a fishing vessel adrift in the Bering Sea was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday, nearly a week after a mechanical failure disabled their boat.

According to a statement released by the Coast Guard, the 166-foot Alaska Mist was drifting about 30 miles northwest of Amak Island with 22 crew members aboard Saturday. The master of the Seattle-based vessel called for commercial assistance and advised the Coast Guard of the situation.

After Coast Guard watchstanders at the 17th District command center issued an urgent marine information broadcast, the tug Resolve Pioneer departed Dutch Harbor Sunday to assist. The Alaska Mist’s sister vessel, the Pavlof, reached the disabled boat first and was able to slow its drift until the Resolve Pioneer arrived.

The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche arranged for the evacuation of non-essential crew members Monday night, and a Kodiak-based Jayhawk completed the operation Tuesday.

Thursday, the Waesche crew towed the disabled Alaska Mist and its remaining crew to Unalaska Island, where the Resolve Pioneer then towed it on to Dutch Harbor.

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