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18 Rescued from Sinking Whale Watch vessel Big Red

Coast Guard Sector Juneau, along with multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued 18 people from the 35-foot whale-watching motor vessel Big Red in Favorite Channel near Juneau, Sunday afternoon.

All 16 passengers and two crewmembers were recovered and embarked onto motor vessel St. Herman, with the help of recreational vessel See You, and transported to Allen Marine Dock to await Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel. There was one injury reported.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a call from a crewmember of the Big Red reporting they were taking on water in Favorite Channel. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any vessels in the area to assist.

Weather on scene was reported as 17 mph winds, 4-foot seas and light rain.