The 52-foot fishing vessel Stormie B was aground and taking on water in 4-foot seas, 23-mph winds, in Sukhoi Bay, Alaska, Thursday.
A Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene at 3:11 p.m. and lowered dewatering equipment and a rescue swimmer. The Stormie B crewmembers were able to deploy the dewatering equipment to control flooding.
There are no reports of injuries or pollution, and the cause of the vessel’s grounding is under investigation.
At 2:23 p.m., Coast guard watchstanders heard a broken, unreadable high frequency radio communication from Stormie B. They issued an urgent marine information broadcast and requested the launch of aircrews from Air Station Kodiak.
Good Samaritan fishing vessel Buccaneer arrived on scene at approximately 3:35 p.m. and remains in the vicinity to maintain communication. The Stormie B’s owner is working with local salvage resources to develop a salvage plan.
by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading