High winds lead to runaway boat

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday's harsh winds took a docked vessel for an unexpected ride.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Petty Officer Melanie Grieco said the Coast Guard received a call around 9 a.m. that the Cara-Lyn, a 30-foot troller anchored in Gastineau Channel between the Lawson Creek area and the Douglas boat harbor, appeared to be dragging its anchor. She said the increased winds really got the vessel moving faster and out of control around 1:15 p.m.

Petty Officer Walter Shinn said once the wind picked up, the vessel lost anchor entirely and the Coast Guard eventually had to deploy a 47-foot motor life boat around 1:30 p.m. to retrieve it. The Coast Guard was able to moor it safely at the Juneau Yacht Club around 2:30 p.m.

Shinn said no one was aboard the boat. The owner attempted to get back to the vessel when it began dragging anchor but was unable to get to it.

She said it traveled about 2.5 miles on its own from start to finish.

Grieco said she and Petty Officer Joseph Castro did the organization and planning for the retrieval.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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