Coast Guard rescues crew of Seattle fishing boat

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from a Seattle-based trawler after the vessel broke down in rough seas near Cape Spencer in Southeast Alaska.

The 58-foot Baranof Queen issued a distress call shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday after sending out an urgent broadcast to mariners, the Coast Guard said.

The Baranof experienced mechanical problems and became disabled in 15-foot seas and 40 knot winds. The vessel had drifted about 30 miles northwest of Cape Spencer with a blown-out pilothouse window, a fouled propeller and an inefficient battery.

The Coast Guard cutter Liberty sped to the scene and rendezvoused with the stricken vessel.

None of the crewmen suffered any injuries.

The boat was towed to Hoonah where it was to undergo repairs.

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