In November 1972, the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis ran aground during a violent storm in Alaska, puncturing its hull, with a temporary patch applied to stop the flooding. The following day, enroute back to Honolulu, another, more vicious, storm struck; Jarvis now struggled with over thirteen feet of water in their engine room and no power. The nearest ship that volunteered to assist was scheduled to arrive thirty minutes after the Jarvis officers estimated the ship would be destroyed on the rocky coastline. Wind gusts struck at seventy-knots, hail and snow was falling, and at one time, Jarvis hit a swell at a sixty-degree angle.
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While the Jarvis waited for Coast Guard assistance to arrive, personnel in the engine room were still attempting to stop the flooding. Diver Large continued to dive in an attempt to plug the hole and keep the hoses free from obstruction, Seaman Joel Cortez assisted Large as needed; both later would receive official awards for their actions. Chief Montgomery still led the damage control efforts, with many others working as directed. Several crewmen would end up in the hospital within a day or two, suffering from colds, pneumonia, and or other injuries incurred during the hazardous and freezing response. The rest of the crew went to work in whatever jobs they could contribute to saving the Jarvis…and their lives. By now the entire ship knew how dire the situation was. The Jarvis still endured with no heat and was bitterly cold. To further compound the problem, there was a limited amount of extreme cold weather clothing aboard, and it, understandably, went mostly to boatswains mates and other crewmembers who had to work outside in the freezing weather.