Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenai Fire Department and Kenai Police Department tow two boats behind them - one that capsized and another that came to the rescue - while passengers work to bail out the capsized boat Friday, July 22, 2016 on the Kenai River in Kenai, Alaska. The three people in the capsized vessel were all saved from the water, and no one was harmed.

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenai Fire Department and Kenai Police Department tow two boats behind them - one that capsized and another that came to the rescue - while passengers work to bail out the capsized boat Friday, July 22, 2016 on the Kenai River in Kenai, Alaska. The three people in the capsized vessel were all saved from the water, and no one was harmed.

Boaters rescued near Kenai City Dock

  • By Staff reports
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 5:32pm
  • News

Three people were rescued unhurt from the Kenai River after their boat took on water Friday.

The Kenai Police Department, Kenai Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call around 3:30 p.m. reporting that a small boat had capsized on the Kenai River. It went under after getting hit by wake from a passing vessel, said Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker.

“They got waked,” Tucker said. “They were (in) a low-set boat.”

The three passengers were rescued by a neighboring vessel and were not hurt, he said.

The Kenai Fire Department’s patrol boat towed the capsized boat and the vessel that came to the rescue behind it while people worked to bail out the capsized boat. It was then returned to shore at the Kenai City Dock.

Chief Warrant Officer Lars Hollis said the Coast Guard generally responds to marine accidents, and that members were already on patrol in the area when they rounded a bend and saw the accident.

This was the second boat to capsize on the Kenai River this week.

 

–Staff Reports

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