Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue two from vessel taking on water near Ketchikan

    The Coast Guard reports that with the help of good Samaritans, they rescued two people from a vessel taking on water near Ketchikan Wednesday.

    The Coast Guard reports that with the help of good Samaritans, they rescued two people from a vessel taking on water near Ketchikan Wednesday.

    Two passengers from the fishing vessel Velvet were transported to Ketchikan after they were rescued from their sinking boat by the crew of the fishing vessel William.

    A distress call from the passengers of the Velvet came in when their boat ran aground and began to take on water southeast of Prince of Wales Island.  A response boat-medium crew from Station Ketchikan and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka were launched to rescue the passengers while the crew of the nearby vessel William responded to the scene.  

    Petty Officer 1st Class Wesley Shipley, a watchstander at the Sector Juneau command center, said, “This case illustrates how invaluable good Samaritans are to the Coast Guard and boating community.”

    Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan are monitoring the vessel and plan to contact the owner about developing a salvage plan.

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