The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick tows the disabled fishing vessel Elise Marie to Yakutat on Oct. 22. (Photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard)

The Coast Guard assisted a disabled boat taking on water near Icy Bay this week.

Watchstanders in Juneau received a request for assistance at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday (10-21-20) from the 55-foot fishing vessel Elise Marie. They sent a plane, helicopter and Coast Guard cutter to help. 

At around 9 p.m., an Air Station Sitka helicopter crew delivered a dewatering pump to the vessel, which was six miles south of Icy Bay. The crew of the Elise Marie used the pump to control flooding while they waited for further assistance from the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick arrived at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and towed the boat toward Yakutat. The Yakutat Police Department took over towing once the vessel was close to shore. 

The Elise Marie arrived safely in Yakutat at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. The weather on scene was around 30 degrees with one to two foot seas, winds at six miles per hour and clear skies.