In a Monday Alaska State Trooper dispatch, troopers say the U.S. Coast Guard called them for assistance at about 5:45 a.m. after the 80-foot F/V Eyak ran aground, then began to take on water about 16 miles south of Sitka.
Rescuers picked up four people from a grounded 80-foot tender Monday morning, just before Alaska State Troopers say it sank near the Southeast Alaska town of Sitka.
None of the four people aboard the damaged vessel — including the captain, 48-year-old Sitka resident David Castle, and Port Alexander crew members Debra Rose, 49, Charles Wlaslewski, 23, and Anna Zimmerman 29 — were injured during the incident.
“An Alaska Wildlife Trooper vessel and a Sitka Mountain Rescue vessel with divers responded to the scene and recovered the captain and crew members from the sinking vessel at (7:55 a.m.),” troopers wrote. “The vessel flipped and sank shortly after and only a small portion remained above water.”
Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert said the two responding vessels were carrying a pump for the Eyak, with the vessel’s crew splitting up during the sinking.
“The ship’s master put two crew members in a life raft tied to the Eyak, while two remained on board to dewater,” Eggert said.
According to Eggert, Castle reported that the Eyak still had about 500 gallons of fuel aboard when it went under. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation to ensure the vessel’s salvage and recovery.
Troopers say a good Samaritan vessel was attempting to drag the Eyak to a better grounded location Monday morning.