CREW OF AMHS FERRY LECONTE RESCUES SIX FISHERMEN
The crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry LECONTE rescued six men from a capsized fishing boat on Sept. 3.
The rescued men reported that their anchor had gotten stuck as they attempted to raise it. A powerful electric anchor winch kept pulling the anchor line, lowering the bow of the boat. At that point, a wave hit the bow and the boat turned over.
As the LECONTE rounded Point Couverden, the mate on watch spotted the overturned boat. The fishermen were standing on the hull, freezing and soaking wet.
Because the ferry’s fast rescue boat would have been overcrowded with two crewmembers and the six fishermen, the LECONTE launched one of its 50-passenger lifeboats.
“I was quite proud of the crew; they did their job real well, and we expect nothing less,” Captain Kevin Dickman told a reporter for the Juneau Empire. “It was very satisfying; just the look in those guys’ eyes… they knew they dodged a bullet, and we were happy.”