August 25, 2006
Petty Officer Eric Chandler said the Coast Guard received notification from the crew of the Totem Princess that they were aground at approximately 12:35 p.m. Thursday. The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot and a 47-foot small boat from Station Ketchikan. The small boat crews arrived on scene about 25 minutes after notification. They reported that the Totem Princess was not hard aground but the vessel's beam was to the rocks and it was having rudder and propulsion problems. The passengers had all donned life-jackets.
Official Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Ketchikan
With in a few minutes of setting up the tow the Coast Guard vessel had pulled the Totem Princess off the rocks and into safe water said Chandler. Once the Totem Princess was away from the rocks its crew was able to get one engine running. The Coast Guard crew safely escorted the vessel to the Air Marine Harbor in Refuge Cove near Mud Bay northwest of Ketchikan.
No injuries or pollution were
reported. Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment
Ketchikan will investigate the incident and inspect the vessel
at the dock said Petty Officer Chandler.
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