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Coast Guard Responds to Vessel in Distress


April 18, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard responded to a distress call from a vessel taking on water with one person onboard near Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon. 

A 47 foot motor life boat and 25 foot response boat were deployed from Station Ketchikan, and an HH-65 helicopter was deployed from Air Station Sitka, to assist the captain of the Lorelie L, who had notified the Coast Guard that he was attempting to navigate his flooding vessel into Hidden Bay.

jpg vessel in distress

Station Ketchikan Coast Guard personnel assist
the vessel Lorelie L near Ketchikan Tuesday
Official Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Ketchikan

The captain of the Lorelie L then anchored the vessel near Kendrick Island to await tow. The vessel's bilge pumps were reportedly keeping up with the rate of flooding.

The 25 foot response boat arrived on scene and escorted the vessel to the Kendrick Bay Lodge where the owner/operator will attempt repairs. The Coast Guard reported injuries at this time, and the cause of the flooding is unknown.

On scene weather conditions at the time were calm seas with a 15 knot wind blowing from the northwest.


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