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F/V Mystic Lady sinks. Seven rescued.

Seven people were rescued from a life raft in Thorne Bay, Alaska, Friday, after their 58-foot fishing vessel Mystic Lady ran aground and sank.

A Coast Guard boat took the five adults and two children to a Thorne Bay pier in good condition.

The rescue was triggered by a 406 emergency position indicating radio beacon alert and a mayday broadcast via VHF-FM Channel 16 from the master of the Mystic Lady reporting that his vessel struck a rock and was sinking quickly. The master reported that seven people were abandoning ship into a life raft.

Even with 300 gallons of diesel fuel and 25 gallons of lube oil on board , there were no reports of pollution. Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel will conduct an investigation.

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