The US Coast Guard rescued two fishermen from their sinking vessel, Monday in Islet Passage, near Sitka, Alaska.
Watch standers Juneau Command Center received a request for assistance from the fishing vessel Glory at approximately 8 p.m. They directed the launch of a Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist the vessel in distress.
A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisted the two fishermen at approximately 9 p.m. from the 40-foot fishing vessel Glory approximately nine miles south of Sitka. The aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer to assess the vessel that was taking on water. The fishermen were unable to secure the source of the flooding and the rescue swimmer advised the fisherman to abandon ship.
An equipment or vessel failure can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation. Proper investigation can determine probable fault and take action to get compensation for mariners whose lives can be forever changed by such incidents.