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Sinking F/V Saved near Ketchican

A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boatcrew assisted the 38-foot fishing vessel Serenity after it began taking on water near the ferry terminal in Ketchikan, Alaska, Sunday.

The Ketchikan boatcrew dewatered the Serenity until the vessel was safely moored and a temporary patch was outfitted at the hull breach. The Serenity is scheduled to be towed Monday by a salvage company.

Sector Juneau watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Serenity’s captain stating that the vessel was taking on water at approximately 50 gallons every 10 minutes. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of the boatcrew.

The Ketchikan boatcrew arrived on scene and reported the vessel spaces were flooded with several hundred gallons of water. The crew began dewatering operations and pumps managed to keep the vessel afloat.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as calm seas, clear with 12 mph winds.

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