Ship runs aground, 13 evacuated

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2010

JUNEAU - The Catalyst, a 74-foot wooden hulled vessel carrying four crew members and nine passengers, ran aground on Robert Island Tuesday morning, said Coast Guard Lieutenant Byron Hayes.

Hayes said the Coast Guard responded to the call around 11 a.m. Tuesday. All on board were evacuated to the shore of the island, and the Coast Guard was to help the boat refloat come high tide later that day.

Hayes said it was unclear why the vessel had run aground, but there will be an investigation to determine the cause. There was no apparent damage to the boat, and there were no injuries.

Hayes said the boat appeared to be based out of Ketchikan and is registered in Washington.

Robert Island is on the eastern side of Frederick Sound.

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