Mariner Safe After Vessel Loses Power, Goes Aground

Sailing vessel Lieveling went aground near Cape Puget, between Seward and Chenega, Alaska, Nov. 28, 2016. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transported the mariner to Seward. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Sailing vessel Lieveling went aground near Cape Puget, between Seward and Chenega, Alaska, Nov. 28, 2016. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transported the mariner to Seward. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a mariner after his sail boat grounded between Seward and Chenega Monday. The 47-foot Lieveling lost power and went aground on Cape Puget, about 210 miles north of Kodiak.

The Jayhawk landed on the beach nearby to pick up the sailor and transport him to Seward with no medical concerns.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a radio call for assistance from the mariner reporting he was drifting toward the rocks and donning his survival suit. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, and requested an MH-60 and HC-130 from Air Station Kodiak for assistance.

The Mustang and Jayhawk crews arrived on scene around 2 p.m. and sighted the Leiveling hard aground with the mariner ashore.

There were clear skies and two-foot seas at the time of the rescue.

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