Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Coast Guard Rescues Four from Grounded
Fishing Vessel

An investigation is underway into the grounding of the 81-foot fishing vessel Savannah Ray at Long Island, about five miles Southeast of Kodiak, Alaska, following the rescue of four crewmen on Feb. 16.

US Coast Guard officials said they responded to a 406 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from the Savannah Ray, saying they had run aground and that the four crewmembers were donning survival suits and had deployed their life raft. All four were reported in good condition when hoisted aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and taken to emergency medical services at Kodiak.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Sheean said the rescue highlights how critical it is to have a registered 406 EPIRB on board when operating a vessel of any size.

At the time of the grounding the vessel was returning to Kodiak with 25,000 pounds of cod on board.

The owner of the Savannah Ray estimated that at the time of the grounding there were 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 300 gallons of hydraulic oil and 75 gallons of lube oil on board. The Coast Guard said an overflight showed no evidence of fuel or oil leaking from the grounded vessel.

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