Coast Guard responds to vessel near Juneau

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008

JUNEAU - Coast Guard Air Station Sitka and Station Juneau responded to a report of a 55-foot recreational vessel taking on water Thursday evening in the vicinity of Endicott Arm, which is about 50 miles southeast of Juneau.

It was reported to the Coast Guard by the crew of the Raven that they had struck an iceberg at approximately 3:45 p.m., and had begun taking on water.

The rescue helicopter arrived on scene at 5:36 p.m., and the 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Juneau arrived at 6:15 p.m.

The rescue boat crew transferred one crewman and a dewatering pump to assist the crew of the Raven in plugging the hole. The rescue crew planned to escort the Raven to Juneau for further investigation. The estimated time of arrival in Juneau was between midnight and 1 a.m. today.

Several Good Samaritan vessels assisted the Raven in dewatering operations.

The main hole had reportedly been plugged Thursday and the dewatering pumps were keeping up with the flooding, Coast Guard officials said.

No injuries or pollution were reported.

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