My family and I finally made a trip to the sound for a multi-day trip...our first since we had our son a month ago. It seems like everytime I get out to PWS this year there's a flurry of calls to the coast guard because someone ran aground. In May there was a C-dory in Culross, then again 2 weeks ago we made a single day trip and over heard another call for a vessel aground. Then this weekend, Saturday, on our way out we heard of a vessel sinking the day before and washing up on shore. Then Sunday the real action started with several boats in distress. One, which was discussed in another thread ran aground in Culross and then later sunk on a beach. Another reported taking on water but hadn't been located in several hours of looking. This then brings us to the third which we tried to help out.
We were anchored up fishing and heard a distress call for a boat that last power and it's backup kicker was failing. They sounded pretty concerned that they were going to get into trouble and needed some immediate assistance. No one responded in his 2 or 3 attempts to get help and the Coast Guard couldn't communicate with him. After relaying a few messages I figured I was the only one in the area but still 10 miles away. At this point his kicker had completely failed and he was dead in the water so we pulled our rods, anchor and started heading that way. A commercial vessel even a bit further away offered to tow him into town as but he was a slow mover so it was going to be awhile until he got there. We decided to get up there quick and get the vessel in distress and after we made sure he was safe we could pass him off to the commercial boat coming up behind us. Funny thing was on our way up we passed another 3 or 4 boats, both commercial and recreational. Then just before we got there a large yacht pulled up to him and in the end towed him to whittier.
My question is, when do you decide to go help? What was interesting was no one was offering this help on 16 even though there were multiple vessels closer. Two or three boats passed the distressed vessel and we passed another 3 or 4 on our way up. So when do people decide to assist and how far are they willing to go in what they do? Sure seems like this year is flush with vessels in distress in both PWS and Seward.