Coast Guard helps fishermen on sinking boat

Posted: Friday, May 05, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- Two fishermen stranded aboard a sinking boat Friday radioed the Coast Guard for help.

Crews aboard a Coast Guard helicopter and a C-130 airplane from Kodiak were sent to help the Kitty H, which was taking on water about four miles north of Ugak Island on the east side of Kodiak Island.

Frank Brown, Jr., of Kodiak, the owner of the Kitty H, radioed for help about 8:30 a.m. and said the 38-foot seiner was taking on water and its pumps couldn't keep up.

The crew aboard the C-130 dropped another pump to the sinking vessel. Meanwhile, the fishing vessel Keeta was in the area and responded to the call for help.

When the Keeta arrived, the Coast Guard lowered two more pumps to take to the sinking vessel. The Keeta then towed the Kitty H to Pasagshak Bay.

The Kitty H was carrying about 15,000 pounds of cod and black bass when the boat began taking on water.

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