Coast Guard helps flooded boat near Sitka
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard helped a Sitka couple after their boat's hull was punctured by ice Tuesday afternoon. The captain, his wife and the vessel arrived safely in Sitka about 9:30 this morning, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard transported two pumps to the crew of the fishing boat King Pin after owner and captain Robert R. Phillips of Sitka reported about 2 p.m. Tuesday he needed help with flooding. Phillips reportedly struck ice in Patterson Bay, 35 miles north of Sitka.
An Air Station Sitka helicopter responded to the SOS from Phillips, whose crew on the 44-foot vessel is his wife.
Phillips intentionally grounded the King Pin as it began flooding, and the helicopter landed on the beach near him to deliver two de-watering pumps. The Jayhawk crew helped the Phillipses with pumping.
The couple chose to remain overnight on the beach to repair the 28-year-old boat.
``He repaired the hull last night and was waiting for the next high tide to float free and head back to Sitka,'' said Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert W. Wetherell.