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|Charter Yacht Northern Song Runs Aground in Alaska|
|Monday, 12 September 2011 09:05|
Alaska Public media out of Anchorage reported late Friday that the 84-foot charter yacht Northern Song ran aground earlier that day with seven guests and four crew onboard.
According to the report, the yacht was anchored off Baranof Island in Deep Cove and dragged its anchor during low tide. The yacht ran soft aground. No injuries were reported, but all guests were asked to put on survival suits and go ashore by way of the yacht's tender.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, it sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka to collect the guests from shore. The USCG then flew the guests to Sitka while the crew re-floated the yacht.
The photograph at right is from the USCG website, of the guests after they arrived at Air Station Sitka. There is some grainy video on the USCG website that was shot from the helicopter as it circled the run-aground yacht.
Crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon boarded Northern Song and performed a safety inspection, according to the USCG. The team noted nothing of concern following the incident. As of this writing, Northern Song was under way with no damage reported. She appears to have been aground for less than six hours, according to multiple news reports.
"The vessel master did everything right in his response to this emergency," Scott Giard, lead command center controller at Sector Juneau, stated in a USCG press release. "He had the required survival equipment on board for all his passengers and was able to get them to safety in a timely manner. He made the Coast Guard aware of his situation very fast, enabling us to render assistance quickly."
Northern Song is an expedition-style motoryacht that was built in 1997 and most recently refit in 2008. The recent refit work included engineroom maintenance, installation of new mechanical and communications equipment, and new bottom paint. She is advertised for charter with accommodations for nine guests in four cabins.
CharterWave last mentioned Northern Song in 2009, when Infinity Yachts was marketing her as new to the charter market. At that time, the weekly base rate for charter was $29,750. Northern Song does not appear on the Infinity Yachts website as of today.
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