Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The crew of the Ruby Dawn are safe and sound after the boat became disabled Tuesday.
The 36-foot vessel and its crew were towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur to Yakutat after the boat became disabled southwest of Icy Bay
while it traveled from Whittier to Juneau.
The Coast Guard Seventeenth District reported that they received a report from a friend of two people aboard the Ruby Dawn about mechanical problems. The friend had been contacted by the crew through an inReach device. Sector Anchorage issued a marine assistance request broadcast and requested the launch of the Chandeleur crew to assist.
The Yakutat harbormaster was able to deliver parts to the Ruby Dawn crew and temporary repairs were made.
Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Gardner said it was very important that the vessels which travel in Alaska have multiple forms of communication in case of emergencies.
"Thankfully the boaters were able to call for help with an inReach device in a location where VHF radio was not reliable. Having multiple forms of communication on remote Alaskan waters is important and ultimately allowed us to help get these boaters to Yakutat safely."
InReach is a technology that integrates GPS and satellites to provide the ability to send and receive text messages anywhere in the world, including when beyond cell phone range, by using the Iridium satellite constellation.