A troller is safely moored in Sitka after receiving assistance from a good Samaritan vessel and the Coast Guard over the weekend.
Another boat’s future is uncertain, as it remains grounded on a rocky beach in Peril Strait.
Lt. Jason Condon, with Air Station Sitka, says that a helicopter was launched last Friday morning after the Coast Guard lost radio contact with the fishing vessel Solour, which was reported taking on water in Deep Bay. On arrival, the helicopter crew discovered that a good Samaritan vessel, the Carpe Diem, had also responded to Solour’s distress call, and was providing assistance. The leak was located and stopped, and the two crew members on board the Solour were able to dewater using the boat’s own bilge pumps.
The Solour returned to Sitka later that same day.
Meanwhile, another vessel in Peril Strait may not be so lucky. Condon says the Coast Guard was notified Saturday that the fishing vessel Northern Explorer (Please see editorial note below) broke free of its anchor and was grounded. A helicopter diverted to the scene and learned that the Northern Explorer was showing no light, and appeared to have no one on board. Condon says the condition of the Northern Explorer was poor, and the vessel may have been a derelict. Nevertheless, he says the owner is attempting to salvage it.
Condon says both missions over the weekend highlight the importance of cooperation on the water — especially this time of year.
Note 12-8-14: The Coast Guard originally reported this vessel as the “Northern Exposure,” and there is a vessel registered under this name in the Sitka Harbor system. However, harbormaster Stan Eliason reports that this vessel has been renamed “Progress Maker,” and the former name “Northern Explorer” is still visible on the hull. Prior to being called “Northern Explorer,” Eliason says the boat was known as “Buccaneer.”