On April 7, the 35 meter long tugboat Gene Dunlap ran ashore at Seattle, Washington. The Gene Dunlap was under tow by another tugboat heading to a nearby drydock when the vessel suffered water ingress. To avoid sinking, the tugboat pushed the Gene Dunlap into shallow water. Assisted by authorities, the crew was able to dewater the Gene Dunlap and make repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 63 foot long fishing vessel Truline suffered damage off San Clemente Island, California. The vessel with 20 passengers and five crew had struck a submerged object and sustained hull damage. The Truline had suffered water ingress and the vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding.
The vessel sent out distress call with the Coast Guard responding. A Jayhawk helicopter, a 45-foot response boat and the 87 foot cutter Sockeye were dispatched to the scene. The vessels arrived on scene and assisted in evacuating the passengers off the Truline. No reports of injuries.
The Coast Guard assisted in dewatering the fishing vessel and escorted the Truline back to Newport Beach. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.
On February 2, the 52 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Star suffered water ingress near Lituya Bay, Alaska. The fishing vessel reported to the Coast Guard the Pacific Star had sustained water ingress through a hatch in the stern of the vessel. The pumps on board the fishing vessel were unable to control the flooding and there was the risk the vessel would sink.
The Coast Guard dispatched helicopters from the Sitka and Kodiak stations. An hour later the Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka arrived on scene. The helicopter lowered a dewatering pump to the Pacific Star. The crew of the Pacific Star were able to get the pump running and brought the flooding under control.
The Pacific Star proceeded under its own power to Graves Harbor while being escorted by the helicopter from Kodiak. There the crew were able to make repairs and dewater the Pacific Star. The following day, the Pacific Star proceed back to Sitka escorted by another fishing vessel Sherrie Marie. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.