Seiner Refloated after Running Aground on Nyman Peninsula


(U.S. Coast Guard photo Seaman Grant DeVuyst)

Jay Barrett/KMXT

If you’re going to run aground in a boat, there might not be a better place to do it than where the fishing vessel "Hail Mary" did this (Tuesday) morning – on the shores of the nation’s largest Coast Guard base in Kodiak.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis said the crew from the 42-foot seiner radioed in at 10:12 a.m. that they had gone aground on Nyman Peninsula in Women’s Bay, and were taking on water.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a small boat from the Aids to Navigation Team were already deployed and in the vicinity when the distress call came in. They were diverted to the scene of the grounding and arrived within 10 minutes. The helicopter crew lowered a de-watering pump and the navigation boat team helped set it up. The Hail Mary’s crew then located the hole in the hull and patched it with plugs. The seiner was refloated about an hour later. The crew used their own snag skiff to tow the boat to the Alaska Pacific Seafoods dock in town, arriving just before 1 p.m.

Personnel from the Marine Safety Detachment in Kodiak will follow up and inspect the damage and repairs. No pollution was sighted and there were no injuries to the four-person crew.

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