The five crewmembers of the 58-foot vessel Kodiak Isle donned their survival suits and evacuated into a life raft late Wednesday night. The vessel reportedly hit a rock near Cape Sitkinak, which is near the extreme southwestern end of the Kodiak Island archipelago. The crew reported that the vessel’s on-board dewatering pumps were not keeping up with the flooding.
Petty Officer Loren Brady of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage says they dispatched an H-60 helicopter and C-130 aircraft out of Airstation Kodiak. The vessel’s five male crewmembers were hoisted aboard the helo and taken back to the airstation about 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. No injuries were reported after the crew was checked out by emergency medical services personnel.
It’s unknown if the Kodiak Isle is still afloat or has sunk. Brady says they’ll dispatch another H-60 to check on the vessel and any potential pollution.
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