The 70-foot landing craft Daniel D. Takak, owned by the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, sent a call for help early Wednesday morning, reporting a severe leak.
An Air Station Kodiak helicopter forward-deployed to Cordova responded first, followed by an HC-130 Hercules flying directly from Kodiak.
When the two aircraft arrived over the Takak at 6:30 a.m., they dropped pumps and a rescue swimmer to the three people onboard the landing craft.
“They were up to their hips at that point,” Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg told the Anchorage Daily News.
The Egavik, another landing craft, also responded to the mayday and helped the Takak’s crew patch the leak.
According to the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, the Daniel D. Takak and the Egavik were en route from Washington to Homer and then on to Norton Sound to serve as fisheries tenders.
Tyler Rhodes, communications director for the corporation, said the hole that caused the leak may have been caused by a faulty weld laid down during the landing craft’s conversion into a tender.
Both boats were expected to reach Homer early this morning.
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