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Fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, boatcrew responded to a 30-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Monday.

The boatcrew transferred a dewatering pump and damage control kit to the two boaters and assisted them in controlling the onboard flooding before escorting the vessel to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from the crew aboard Fishing Time of the vessel taking on water due to a four-inch crack in its hull. Watchstanders launched the Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to the scene. 

“The capability of our boatcrews to transport dewatering pumps to vessels can often prevent a small problem from turning into a life-or-death situation,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Yonk, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. “It’s always good for a mariner to be proactive and not wait until the last minute to notify the Coast Guard.”

Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas and 15 mph winds.

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