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Doctor's Orders out of gas, Coast Guard assists


February 02, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard received a report Monday that the pleasure craft Doctor's Orders became disabled with three people on board and was in danger of grounding in the Tongass Narrows five miles north of Ketchikan.

The Coast Guard received the report just after 10 a.m. The Coast Guard issued An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners urging anyone in the area to assist the boaters. The Coast Guard also launched a 47-foot response boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan and diverted the station's 25-foot rescue boat crew already underway.

The ferry Prince of Wales nearby the stricken pleasure boat, stood by on scene in the event that the three people on board encountered further difficulty before the Coast Guard arrived.

The 47-foot rescue boat arrived at 10:23 a.m. The crew aboard Doctor's Orders dropped the craft's anchor. The vessel disabled because it was out of fuel. The station's crew towed the boat to the fuel pier in Ketchikan. They arrived safely just before 1:30 p.m.


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