Coast Guard Station Valdez assisted the pleasure craft, Diva, taking on water Friday near Port Fidalgo, approximately 50 nautical miles south from Valdez, Alaska.
A Coast Guard crew arrived on scene and determined the vessel had a weak seam affecting the forward bilge. They passed a pump to assist with the flooding and escorted the vessel back to Valdez with no injuries reported.
The initial report from the pleasure craft, Diva, was that they struck a rock and sustained a hole to their bow. The hole was reported to be above the waterline and members used a tarp and pumps to keep up with the flooding.
“We were able to assist the crew of the Diva because they stayed calm and applied quick thinking in the event of an emergency,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Ahlin from Station Valdez. “They maintained consistent radio communications and had proper emergency equipment.”
by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading