Seiner engine room floods, USCG responds

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding team members help the crew of the F/V Vernon dewater their engine room near Ketchikan on Friday. (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan)

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding team members help the crew of the fishing vessel Vernon dewater their engine room near Ketchikan on Friday. (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard 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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