As the fishing vessel Arial began taking on water in Clarence Strait outside of Ketchikan Tuesday, good Samaritans and the U.S. Coast Guard were on their way.
Samaritans from the Secure and the Tlingit Lady, both fishing vessels, assisted the Arial crew in locating the source of the flooding, making repairs and de-watering the vessel, along with help from USCG from Station Ketchikan
“The crew of the Arial did a great job of notifying the Coast Guard quickly and accurately of the extent of the situation and their current geographical position which helped the Coast Guard execute search and rescue efforts.” Lt. Ryan Erickson, chief incident management division with Coast Guard Sector Juneau said. “The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to have a reliable means of communication, like a VHF radio, and enough life jackets aboard their vessel before heading out on the water.”
Two-foot seas and light winds were reported on scene and all made it ashore safely.