The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan crew rescued four mariners after their boat capsized in Glacier Bay National Park on Friday.
At 12:04 p.m., watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center received a distress alert in the vicinity of Muir Inlet from a digital selective calling device registered to Cats N Dawgs, a 66-foot privately owned pleasure craft, based in Seattle.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka diverted from training nearby and arrived on scene less than an hour later, at approximately 12:59 p.m. to find the vessel taking on water with a severe list. A good Samaritan vessel Alaskan Hunter was also on scene attempting to assist those aboard the sinking vessel.
Shortly after the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene, Cats N Dawgs sank in 150 feet of water 300 feet from shore.
Alaskan Hunter recovered all four survivors, two adults and two teenagers, from the vessel and transported them to shore where the Jayhawk crew conducted a passenger exchange. The survivors were then transferred to awaiting EMS at 2:08 p.m. in Juneau. No injuries were reported and the survivors are reportedly in stable condition.
“Mariners all over the world, but especially in Alaska, will often drop everything to help out a fellow mariner in need. We saw this today from the Alaskan Hunter,” said Lt. Cmdr. Preston Strobel, command duty office, Sector Juneau command center. “This could have been a devastating start to the holiday weekend.”
The cause of the incident is under investigation. The Coast Guard and National Parks Service are working with the vessel owner to establish a salvage plan.
On scene weather was air temperature of 57 degrees, 1-foot seas, and 3-mph winds.
The yacht had left Seattle and made its way up the Inside Passage, with stops in British Columbia, Petersburg, Juneau, and Glacier Bay.