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LeConte Assists in Mariner Rescue


April 11, 2007

The Alaska M/V LeConte came to the assistance of a mariner who has run aground in Upper Lynn Canal on Tuesday, according to Capt. Ron Bressette, master of the LeConte.

Information provided by Capt. Bressette to the Alaska Marine Highway System reported the LeConte was traveling north in Upper Lynn Canal when a Mate on watch noticed a boat on the beach at about 10 a.m. at the base of an avalanche chute. Bressette made the decision to launch a fast rescue boat to investigate the boat after determining the boat was not likely abandoned and that no one responded to a whistle from the LeConte.

jpg LeConte Assists in Mariner Rescue

A photo from the scene show what appears to be a 34-foot pleasure craft on the beach.
Photo courtesy AMHS

Responding crew members found a man on board the boat who said he had fallen and was unable to get up. He told the crew members that he had run aground early that morning. The man was in need of medical attention and it was discovered that one of the passengers on the LeConte was a doctor who agreed to go over on the fast rescue boat and examine the man further.

The LeConte had notified the Coast Guard of the grounding and a helicopter and small boat responded. The Coast Guard determined the man should be hoisted into the helicopter to be taken for further medical treatment.

The LeConte was on scene for about two hours during the rescue.


Source of News & Photograph:

Alaska Department of Transportation


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