The Coast Guard and Kake Search and Rescue towed a 36-foot pleasure boat to safety after it became stranded in Elena Bay on Sunday (7-16-17).
The new fast response cutter John McCormick responded to a call from the Viking Queen, which had lost power at anchor about 50 miles southwest of Kake. The John McCormick’s small boat crew took the Viking Queen under tow and brought it to deeper water. The tow was transferred to the John McCormick for the trip to Kake.
Kake Search and Rescue received the Viking Queen and towed it to the Kake pier.
In a news release, Coast Guard sector Juneau complimented the crew of the Viking Queen for their readiness to receive help. All four passengers were equipped with life jackets, survival suits, and sufficient supplies to ride out the emergency.
“The crew of the Viking Queen was well prepared and able to reach out for assistance,” said Lt. j.g. Collin McClelland, a Sector Juneau watchstander. “We greatly appreciate the expert knowledge and assistance Kake SAR brought to the table in getting the vessel back to Kake.”
Weather on scene was reported as 11.5-mph winds and 2-foot seas.