PUBLISHED: 6:05 PM on Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Good samaritan vessel assists rescue mission
JUNEAU - A Good Samaritan vessel, UNICORN, and the Coast Guard teamed up to rescue a cabin cruiser Wednesday afternoon in Chatham Strait near Point Augusta on May 28.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, a 25-foot Response Boat from Station Juneau, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, also from Station Juneau, after receiving a distress call at approximately 3 p.m.

The pleasure craft SEATONIC II, a 40-foot cabin cruiser, stated they were taking on water and heading toward Point Augusta to beach the boat. The pleasure craft UNICORN responded from five miles away and was first on scene. The UNICORN moored up alongside the SEATONIC II approximately 100 yards offshore and provided a pump for dewatering the vessel.

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived on scene shortly thereafter and reported no injuries and no signs of pollution. The pleasure craft was safely moored at 9:10 p.m.

"Good Samaritans often make a difference in Alaska's unforgiving waters," said CDR Scott Bornemann, deputy commander at Coast Guard Sector Juneau. "The Coast Guard certainly appreciates their efforts and good will."