14 People And A Dog Rescued All In One Week Off Alaskan Coast
The United States Coast Guard crews in Alaska were very busy this past week, rescuing 14 people and 1 dog (from four separate incidents).
Below is the Mayday call from one of the incidents. On September 20th at 9:10pm a 110 foot fishing vessel named the “Moonlight Maid”, was taking on water with four people aboard 30 miles South of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay. At the time the vessel sank it was reported that there were 20 to 30 mph winds and 13 foot seas. Their life raft was located at 10:51 pm (1 hour and 41 minutes after the first mayday transmission) by a helicopter out of Kodiak, Alaska. The fishermen were rescued and taken to Seward, Alaska.
MM: Mayday, mayday. This is the fishing vessel Moonlight Maid.
CG: Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.
MM: Yeah, we’re taking on water.
CG: Roger, taking on water. How many people do you have on board, and are they all adults?
MM: We have four people on board. All adults.
CG: Moonlight Maid, are you able to keep up with the flooding?
MM: Yeah, we are trying. I thought I’d call first. And we’re just standing by here, getting everything ready in case we do have to abandon ship.
CG: Do you have a raft on board?
MM: Yes. We’re getting everything ready.
CG: How much water have you taken on at this time?
MM: Stand by. Oh, we just lost our generator. We were trying to keep this thing up, and I think we broke a plank or something.
MM: U.S. Coast Guard, this is Moonlight Maid. We just lost our generator. We’re a dark boat now, and we are now getting ready to deploy a life raft.
CG: Roger. I advise you to all don your personal flotation devices at this time and give me the ID number for your EPIRB.
MM: Oh, man. Let me get it out. Hold on.
CG: If you do not have time to get it, that’s OK.
MM: Yeah, roger, roger. We have it in hand. We’re just a dark boat now. Found the flashlights here. Everybody’s getting into their survival suits right now.
CG: If you do abandon ship, let us know right before you depart. And captain, do you have a portable VHF radio on hand or a cellphone with service?
MM: Negative on the service, and we have a VHF, most likely charged, and we will have it with us if we have to abandon ship.
CG: Can I have the make and the type of vessel?
MM: 110-foot ex-Navy sub chaser. Coast Guard, I’m going to be leaving the radio for a bit.
CG: Pan-pan, pan-pan, pan-pan, all stations. This is Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. The United States Coast Guard has received a distress call from the vessel Moonlight Maid taking on water [gives location]. All vessels are requested to keep a sharp lookout, provide assistance if possible and report all sightings to the United States Coast Guard.
CG: Moonlight Maid, can you provide your status at this time?
MM: Yeah, I just tried to reach you on the VHF, my handheld. I ran back up here in the wheelhouse. We are abandoning ship.
CG: Roger, Moonlight Maid.
MM: We will be switching on our EPIRB as soon as we are away from the boat. Over and out.
CG: Moonlight Maid, roger. Good job.