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Vessel rescued by Good Samaritan

Posted: May 31, 2012 - 12:08am

A 24- to 26-foot pleasure craft ran aground near Indian Cove in Juneau Wednesday afternoon, but a Good Samaritan quickly came to the rescue and towed the sinking vessel to safety, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau spokesman Lt. Ryan Erickson said the Coast Guard received a report at about 2:30 p.m. that “The Fugly” struck some rocks in the cove.

The two passengers on board tried navigating their vessel toward shallow water in an attempt to ground the boat, but “they started taking on more water than they thought,” Erickson said in a phone interview.

The Coast Guard quickly put out an Urgent Marine Broadcast over the radio to encourage any boaters in the area to assist the vessel in distress.

A boater responded and towed The Fugly into neighboring Auke Bay, Erickson said. The incident was resolved before the Coast Guard arrived on scene.

“It was a pretty quick ordeal,” Erickson said.

No injuries were reported.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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