Coast Guard swimmer helps save man, sinking fishing vessel
A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer helped save a man and his sinking fishing vessel Tuesday in Southeast Alaska.
The rescue northeast of Kake was conducted by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka, according to a Coast Guard statement. A friend of the crewman, who was aboard the 40-foot vessel Neto near Eliza Harbor, relayed a report that the Neto was taking on water.
“The friend stated that the fisherman did not have electronics on board, and was experiencing difficulties with his dewatering pump,” Coast Guard officials wrote. “The friend also thought the fishermen's boat might be adrift without power.”
The Jayhawk crew, as well as the Coast Guard cutter Anacapa, were sent to the scene. The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer and the Anacapa sent over a crewman in a small boat, each bringing a dewatering pump aboard the Neto. After a leak was plugged and the Neto’s flooding was brought under control, the Anacapa took it in tow.
Both the man, who didn’t report any injuries, and the Neto were taken to Petersburg.
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