Navy and Coast Guard boats crash in Kodiak, one critically injured

KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak boat crew drives a new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft - Training Boat in Womens Bay Sept. 27, 2011. The SPC - TB is the only one of its kind in the Coast Guard and it is now permanently stationed at ANT Kodiak. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Nine people were hurt, including one critically, when a US Coast Guard boat and a US Navy boat collided in Womens Bay, south of the city of Kodiak.

The Coast Guard says the collision happened Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m.

Six people were hurt on the 38-foot Coast Guard boat, and three were hurt on the approximately 60-foot Navy boat. All were taken to the hospital by the Kodiak Fire Department after being brought from the site of the accident to the Coast Guard base, located near the site of the accident a few miles south of the city of Kodiak.

Late Wednesday night, one of the injured was medevaced to Anchorage. According to Capt. Tamara Lawrence, public affairs officer for the Navy, the person is now in stable condition.

The six people on the Coast Guard boat were released from the hospital.

The Coast Guard says both boats are tied up and an investigation is underway to determine what happened. According to Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer Scott McCann, the Coast Guard vessel was on its way to port after a hoist training exercise.

McCann said that such training exercises are fairly common as is naval presence in the area. The Navy vessel was not part of the hoist training exercise.

Officials say the Coast Guard was doing a hoist training exercise at the time.

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