Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley maintain a towing line during an emergency towing system exercise with Seattle-based fishing vessel Sea Trader near Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2014. The exercise was held by the City of Unalaska to develop emergency towing capabilities for disabled vessels in the Aleutian Subarea using locally available tugboats in conjunction with ETS equipment stationed in Unalaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould)
Coast Guardsmen from Kodiak participated in an emergency towing system drill in Dutch Harbor yesterday. The crew from the cutter Alex Haley and an Air Station Kodiak Dolphin helicopter crew assisted the city of Unalaska with the maritime emergency practice.
During the drill, the helicopter crew delivered the city’s emergency towing gear to a vessel which was then towed by the Alex Haley. The participating distressed vessel was then met by local tugs which took the vessel to an emergency buoy.
Alex Haley Commanding Officer Stephen White said drills such as yesterdays were important to gain familiarity with the emergency towing system equipment. Personnel with the Dutch Harbor Marine Safety Detachment also participated, as did Harley Marine, Dunlap Towing and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Alex Haley is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak.