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The U.S. Coast Guard credits an arriving civilian vessel with rescuing the crew of a 42-foot boat that sank off Homer.

According to Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert, watchstanders were alerted by the Sheer Water’s crew that their vessel was foundering Friday afternoon.

“The folks (aboard) made a call to the Coast Guard reporting that they were taking on water; some good Samaritans came to help,” Eggert said. “About 15 to 20 minutes later, we took a call that the people had gotten onto the good Samaritans’ boat and that the Sheer Water had sunk, due to the inability of its pumps to keep up with the water coming aboard.”

Eggert says no Coast Guard assets had time to deploy to the Sheer Water before it sank.

With no injuries reported in the incident, the Coast Guard’s priority is ensuring that no pollution escapes the Sheer Water. According to Eggert, the boat was carrying an estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel when it went down, and an assessment team will determine its possibility for leakage.