One sailor was critically wounded among several injured when Coast Guard and Navy boats collided off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska, on Wednesday night.
Coast Guard Public Affairs Lt. Comm. Scott McCann said that the 38-foot Coast Guard vessel was returning from routine search-and-rescue training in Womens Bay when it collided with the Navy boat, which officials said was a Naval Special Warfare combatant craft.
Six Coast Guard personnel were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. Two sailors from the Navy boat were in stable condition, and one more was medevaced to Anchorage late Wednesday.
“We will be doing an investigation into who was at fault and why it happened and what type of damage was sustained to both boats,” McCann said.
Both vessels involved in the collision were returned to the Kodiak Coast Guard base.
Capt. Tamara Lawrence with the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command likewise said that “an investigation is underway into the cause of the collision during routine training operations.”