Coast Guard rescues puppy lost after vessel grounding

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Rafael Aguero, a rescue swimmer with Air Station Kodiak, carried 8-month-old Grace, who was presumed lost after her owner’s vessel, Laura, ran aground near Black Point on Kodiak Island on Nov. 1. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

An 8-month-old puppy named Grace, presumed lost after her owner’s vessel, Laura, ran aground near Black Point on Kodiak Island Nov. 1 was rescued by a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew on Wednesday, Nov. 3, after being spotted on a cliffside near the grounded vessel.

The 80-pound black lab/pit bull mix named Grace had spent almost two days on her own before Petty Officer 1st Class Rafael Aguero, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, coaxed her from the cliff.

“She wagged her tail a little bit and told me that she was doing okay,” said Aguero. “The puppy spent 36 hours between the bow of the ship, the breaking surf and then the rocky shoreline. It was a happy moment to reunite the puppy with the owner.”

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak personnel are still working with the owner of the 83-foot fishing boat on a salvage plan for the vessel and monitoring cleanup efforts. The vessel had as much as 4,000 gallons of diesel on board, but there have been no reports of pollution.