Coast Guard assists fishing vessel taking on water near Ketchikan

    Sector Juneau watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Serenity’s captain stating that the vessel was taking on water at approximately 50 gallons every 10 minutes.

    The 38-foot fishing vessel Serenity began taking on water near the ferry terminal in Ketchikan on Sunday. A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boatcrew dewatered the Serenity until the vessel was safely moored and a temporary patch was outfitted at the breach in it's hull.  The Serenity is scheduled to be towed Monday by a salvage company.

    Sector Juneau watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Serenity’s captain stating that the vessel was taking on water at approximately 50 gallons every 10 minutes.  Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of the boatcrew.

    The Ketchikan boatcrew observed  vessel spaces were flooded with several hundred gallons of water.  The crew began dewatering operations and pumps managed to keep the vessel afloat.

    Sector Juneau Command Duty Officer Lt. Joseph Reitmeyer said, “We’re glad we were able to promptly assist these mariners before the situation became any worse.”

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