Coast Guard rescues crew near Cordova, vessel runs aground near Yakutat

By Tony Gorman

Five crewmembers of fishing tender are okay after their vessel experienced a steering casualty in the Prince William Sound over Memorial Day weekend.  The Coast Guard Communications Station in Kodiak received a mayday call last Friday night that the 55-foot St. Joseph had experienced a loss of steering in 20-foot seas 52 miles southeast of Cordova.

A helicopter crew arrived on scene to find the vessel adrift.  After deeming the vessel unsafe, the crew was rescued and taken to Cordova.  The Coast Guard confirmed the St. Joseph ran aground the next morning between Yakutat and Kayak Island.  The Coast Guard and the owner of the vessel are working together to salvage it. There were no reports of pollution at this time.


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