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Grounded passenger vessel Totem Princess assisted by Coast Guard


August 25, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Coast Guard Station Ketchikan responded to the grounding of the passenger vessel Totem Princess Thursday one half mile north of Totem Bight.

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.

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The passenger vessel Totem Princess being pulled to safety by the Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot utility boat (out of picture to right). The totem Princess grounded in Totem Bight northwest of Ketchikan on Aug. 24, 2006. The Coast Guard was able to tow the vessel from the rocks. The Totem Princess arrived safely at the Air Marine Harbor in Refuge Cove later that afternoon under escort by the Coast Guard.
Official Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Ketchikan

The Coast Guard 47-foot utility boat proceeded to tow the 52-foot Totem Princess from the rocks. Petty Officer Eric Chandler said there was concern by the Coast guard that the vessel would be in more danger if it remained where it was and the surf continued to pound against the hull and push the ship into the rocks. 

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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United States Coast Guard


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