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Update: Coast Guard responds to adrift vessel in Icy Strait


Editors note: The Tlingit Boy II was towed to Hoonah. JUNEAU, Alaska - Coast Guard crews from Air Station Sitka and Station Juneau responded to a disabled and adrift pleasure craft in Icy Strait Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a VHF-FM Channel 16 call from two men aboard the 24-foot Tlingit Boy II at about 8:20 p.m. stating they were disabled in 40 mph winds and eight-foot seas near Whitestone Harbor.

"We received a call over the radio after they became disabled," said Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Flanick, an operations specialist for Sector Juneau. "They were calm, but definitely knew they needed assistance."

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and arrived to the area just before the crew of the good Samaritan vessel Vagabond Queen, based out of Hoonah, arrived.

A Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew also launched, but that crew returned to Juneau after the Tlingit Boy II was safely in tow by the Vagabond Queen. The vessels moored safely in Hoonah at about 1 a.m.

"This is the second case in three days where a small vessel has become disabled in bad weather," said Lt. j.g. James Dooley, Sector Juneau public affairs officer. "Each case could have gone a lot worse. This is why the Coast Guard strongly encourages mariners to check the forecast before heading out on the water.  The National Weather Service provides marine forecasts which are readily available on VHF weather frequencies, the Internet and telephone."

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