4 boats take on water, 2 slip under

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010

Four vessels took on water Thursday night, including a 34-foot long commercial fishing boat that capsized 10 miles northwest of Anchor Point.

The U.S. Coast Guard hoisted Eric Olsen and Leah Lansdown from their gillnetter, John Henry, just before it sunk below the surface.

Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said that Coast Guard responded earlier, but the boat said it was fine.

The second time Olsen and Lansdown called for help, the ship was ready to go under. The two were in acceptable condition when they arrived on shore.

Rios said that there were 15 mph winds, three foot high waves and good visibility on the waves at the time of the sinking.

He said that the coast guard regularly receives multiple cases at the same time, but hearing that four vessels are taking on water is rare.

"I haven't had any like this," he said. "I haven't seen four boats taking on water."

Central Emergency Services rescued two people from another commercial fishing boat that took on water at the entrance to the Kasilof River the same night.

Emergency services said that the vessel was three quarters underwater by the time a private boat had towed it to shore. The two fishermen received little medical attention.

"Just some warm blankets," said responder Joshua Thompson, who was on the seen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Tony Cella can be reached at tony.cella@peninsulaclarion.com.

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