Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard were able to reach a damaged vessel and assist in repairs, just in time.
USCG Petty officer 3rd Class Diana Honings reported a distress call for a vessel taking on water near Dillingham Friday evening. The owner of the aptly named Just In Time, 29-year-old Justin Arnold, issued the mayday call at 6:40 p.m. to Sector Anchorage watchstanders, and two troopers responded to assist.
Troopers provided a dewatering pump and a damage control kit and stayed while crew members worked to patch a three inch long hole on the 32 foot vessel, which had drifted onto a sand bar in the Schooner's Channel in Nushagak Bay. Coast Guard members aboard the patrol vessel Kvichak towed the vessel back to port in Dillingham.
“This case illustrates the indispensable partnership between the Coast Guard and our Alaskan state partners,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Fangman, a watchstander at Coast Guard 17th District command center. “The quick response to our broadcast by the Alaska State Troopers ensured that the mariners in distress were able to safely get back underway and make it to port.”
No injuries were reported for the four man crew.