Seiner engine room floods, USCG responds
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Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding team members help the crew of the fishing vessel Vernon dewater their engine room near Ketchikan on Friday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Ketchikan)
A six-person seiner taking on water near Ketchikan Friday morning was helped out by U.S. Coast Guard personnel, and escorted back to port.
According to the Coast Guard, a call for help was received from the F/V Vernon, reporting about a foot of water in the engine room. Coast Guard Sector Juneau issued a marine information broadcast, and deployed two rescue boats from Station Ketchikan.
Coast Guard teams used four dewatering pumps to control the flooding, and later escorted the 65-foot purse seiner back to Ketchikan.
The cause of the flooding is under investigation.
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