Anchorage man rescued after boat takes on water in inlet

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2000

An Anchorage man was rescued Thursday afternoon after his boat nearly sank in Cook Inlet.

Richard Dunnings, the only occupant on board, was reported in good shape at the Arness Dock at the Alaska Nitrogen Products plant in Nikiski, where he was waiting for his wife to pick him up.

Dunnings was reportedly sailing his trimaran, a three-hulled vessel, from Seward to Anchorage, where he was going to store it for the winter.

The Coast Guard reported that the offshore supply boat Pioneer Service responded to Dunnings' mayday, which came in at about 3 p.m.

Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Chris Woodle, the supervisor of the Kenai Marine Safety Detachment, said something caused the rudder on Dunnings boat to turn sharply. The boat then heeled over and took on approximately 4 feet of water.

Woodle said the boat remained at anchor near Boulder Point, north of the East Forelands, late Thursday afternoon. Weather conditions at the time included blustery winds and rough seas.

Dunnings declined to comment.

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