FV Savannah Ray Grounds in Storm; Crew Saved

Matt Miller/KTOO

Four people were rescued when their boat went aground in Chiniak Bay early Monday morning.

Crew of the 80-foot fishing vessel Savannah Ray turned on their 406 megahertz EPRIB and issued a mayday call when they went high and dry at about 1:30 a-m.

The four people donned survival suits and prepared a life raft. A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter from Air Station Kodiak hoisted them aboard just after three o’clock this morning.

Two of the boat’s crew were taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of unspecified injuries. The other two refused treatment.

Fortyfive knot winds were reported, with 11-foot seas, rain, and one mile visibility.

Chief Petty Officer Robert Luna, watchstander at the Coast Guard’s Command Center in Juneau, says it hasn’t been determined what caused the vessel to go aground. Another helicopter was scheduled to fly over the grounded vessel to check for pollution.

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