Three rescued from vessel

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) The fishing vessel had run aground in Peril Strait Wednesday.

    A US Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka responded and returned the three men to the station in good condition.

    Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a mayday call via VHF Channel 16 from the 40-foot steel hull commercial fishing vessel EH crew that requested assistance after the vessel ran hard aground and began taking on water at Saook Point, about 30 miles north of Sitka.

    The helicopter crew reported a 100-foot fuel sheen in the water and the vessel had 120 gallons of diesel on board.  The diesel discharged from the fishing vessel's vents and the fuel tanks were quickly isolated. 

    Petty Officer 1st Class Ken Farah said the owner is creating a salvage plan for the EH and there were no reports of affected wildlife in the area, "MSD Sitka will continue to work with the responsible party as they take action.  We will monitor to ensure adequate progress is being made and their efforts to mitigate pollution is effective."

    The cause of the grounding remains under investigation.

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