The Coast Guard delivered dewatering equipment to 52-foot fishing vessel Stormie B after it ran aground and began taking on water in Sukhoi Bay, Alaska, June 18, 2020. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak arrived on scene at 3:11 p.m. and lowered dewatering equipment and a rescue swimmer. Stormie B crewmembers utilized the dewatering equipment to control flooding. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

Kodiak Coast Guard air crews helped a boat that was taking on water aground on Thursday near Sukhoi Bay at the south end of the island. 

The 42-foot F/V Stormie B sent out a broken message on the VHF radio at 2:23 p.m. 

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and requested the launch of aircrews from Air Station Kodiak.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak arrived on scene at 3:11 p.m. and lowered dewatering equipment and a rescue swimmer to the vessel. Weather on scene was 4-foot seas, 23 mph winds and visibility of 9 miles.

Stormie B crew members used the dewatering equipment to control flooding.

A nearby fishing vessel, the F/V Buccaneer, arrived on scene at approximately 3:35 p.m. and remained in the vicinity to maintain communication. 

There are no reported injuries or pollution, and the cause of the vessel's grounding is under investigation.

According to a Coast Guard press release, the Stormie B’s owner is working with local salvage resources to develop a salvage plan.

The rescue occurred just one day after the Coast Guard deployed Kodiak-based aircrews to travel 322 miles northwest of St. Paul Island to medevac a man from a fishing vessel. 

The 45-year-old man was taken to St. Paul and transferred to a commercial medevac company for further transport to Anchorage. 

The man had been experiencing gastrointestinal bleeding on the 170-foot F/V Baranof. 

Crews collectively flew 20 hours, covered about 1,600 nautical miles and refueled three times on the ground to transport the man. 

“Alaska presents a unique set of challenges, one primarily being the remote locations of some of the cases,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Catalioto, a District 17 watchstander who coordinated the initial response.

“Long-range medevacs such as this require a lot of coordination and are a team effort. We are fortunate to have such dynamic crews ready and capable to respond in a moment’s notice.”

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