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F/V NEPTUNE 1 Aground

About midnight, February 26, F/V NEPTUNE 1 went aground on Umnak Island, near the western tip of the Aleutian Chain. Prior to grounding, the crew of three radioed the Coast Guard that they had lost engine power and were drifting toward shore.

The Coast Guard deployed a Jayhawk helicopter, Hercules airplane, and the Cutter ALEX HALEY to the island. F/V ALASKAN ENTERPRISE, which had been 25 miles from NEPTUNE 1, also responded and provided valuable assistance by relaying communications between NEPTUNE 1 and the Coast Guard, and by using their flood lights as a guide for the Jayhawk crew during rescue.

Reporting safe conditions aboard, the NEPTUNE 1 crew donned their survival suits and swam to shore to await rescue. The Coast Guard reports that the Jayhawk crew rescued the stranded crewmembers at 3:19 a.m. in conditions of snow, 12-15 foot seas, and 25-40 mph winds, and transported them in good condition to Unalaska for medical attention.

At last report, the 58-foot NEPTUNE 1 is beached on its starboard side with no known pollution.

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