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Seven rescued after pleasure craft takes on water


August 01, 2016
Monday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska State Trooper's Patrol Vessel Enforcer heard a distress call early Thursday morning at approximately 12.50 AM from the 41 foot pleasure craft “Outlaw” stating that they were taking on water and wouldn’t be able to stay on board much longer.

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P/V Enforcer, the Alaska Department of Public Safety’s 84 foot patrol vessel.
Photo courtesy Coastwise Corporation

The P/V Enforcer, which is the Alaska Department of Public Safety’s 84 foot patrol vessel based out of Ketchikan, immediately launched its skiff with two Wildlife Troopers to respond. The P/V Enforcer pulled anchor and followed.

The distress call came from the area of Long Island which is located just off of the southwest coast of Prince of Wales Island. The P/V Enforcer was anchored about 18 miles to the west near Dall Island when the call came in.

While the skiff was en route, the Coast Guard reported that they had lost contact with the vessel in distress. The Enforcer Skiff arrived on scene at 1:39 AM and located four individuals in a small dingy and three others on a rock near their mostly submerged vessel. Two of those individuals were wet and soaked in gasoline.

The Troopers were able to take all seven individuals aboard the skiff and then waited in calm waters until the P/V Enforcer arrived. The Enforcer crew took the seven passengers on board and provided dry clothes, food and drinks.

The Enforcer then provided transportation to Clarence Strait where they rendezvoused with the United States Coast Guard who took the passengers the remaining way back to Ketchikan.

All seven members rescued were from the same family. Four reside in Ketchikan and the remaining three in California. The P/V Enforcer was in the middle of a routine commercial and sport fish patrol at the time of the incident.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety



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