A Coast Guard helicopter crew responded to a mayday call via VHF Channel 16 from the 40-foot steel hull commercial fishing vessel EH crew asking for assistance after the vessel ran hard aground and began taking on water at Saook Point in Peril Strait approximately 30 miles north of Sitka.
The crew were taken to Air Station Sitka all in good condition.
The Jayhawk helicopter crew reported a 100-foot sheen, and it was reported that the EH has a potential of 120 gallons of diesel fuel on board.
Marine Safety Detachment Sitka personnel are responding to the grounding of the vessel. It was reported that diesel discharged from the fishing vessel’s vents, and the fuel tanks are now isolated. The owner is creating a salvage plan.