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Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa tows fishing tender Express Courtesy Photo

The crew of the Petersburg-based 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa tows the Chignik-based 125-foot fishing tender Express 90 miles to Hoohah, Alaska, from the Fairweather Grounds in the Gulf of Alaska Sept. 17, 2013. The Express suffered and engine casualty and was disabled and adrift prompting the tow. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa assisted the crew of the fishing tender Express after it suffered an engine casualty in the Gulf of Alaska, 70 miles west of Hoonah, Tuesday.

The crew of the 110-foot cutter safely towed the 125-foot fishing tender, with two people aboard, to Hoonah.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a call Sunday from the master of the Express, reporting that the vessel had suffered an engine casualty and was disabled and adrift. The watchstanders then issued a marine assistance request on behalf of the vessel master.

With no vessels available to tow the tender and deteriorating weather conditions forecasted the watchstanders directed the crew of the Anacapa to get underway, rendezvous with the vessel and tow it 90 miles to port.

“This crew was proactive and contacted us for assistance before this became a distress situation,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson, chief of incident management, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “We recommend all mariners keep the Coast Guard apprised of developments in their voyage that may prevent them from reaching port or threatens the safety or health of anyone aboard.”

Weather conditions at the time of the tow were 18 to 21 mph winds and with seas of 3 to 6 feet.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Juneau will be conducting an investigation into the cause and extent of the Express’ engine casualty.

The Anacapa is one of seven Island-class patrol boats in Alaska and is homeported in Petersburg.

The Express was built in 1913 and originally served as a fireboat in Portland, Ore. It was converted to a fishing tender in 1973 and is currently homeported in Chignik.


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This work, Coast Guard assists disabled tender in Gulf of Alaska, by CPO Sara Mooers, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.17.2013

Date Posted:09.18.2013 13:03

Location:JUNEAU , AK, USGlobe

Hometown:CHIGNIK, AK, US




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