The United States Coast Guard were alerted of a emergency beacon emitting a signal 690 miles west of Dutch Harbor at 11:34 am on Tuesday from the F/V Alaska Juris after it began sinking authorities report.
The 238-foot vessel reported that they were dead in the water approximately 150 miles to the northwest of Adak and were taking on water , and in danger of sinking. It was reported that the 46 crew-members aboard the catcher-processor had donned survival suits and had abandoned the vessel in three survival rafts.
Two of the rafts were secured to the sinking vessel, while another, with eighteen persons aboard was drifting free. One good Samaritan vessel, the Spar Canis fetched 28 crew-members in the rafts tied to the sinking vessel, and a second vessel, the Vienna Express picked up the other eighteen crew-members in the third raft.
A Cutter, two helicopters, and a C-130 were dispatched to the scene, and aerial assets monitored the process as the crew-members were retrieved.
By, evening, all 46 crew-members, employed by the Fishing Company of Alaska, a Renton, Washington business, were underway on a 13-hour trip to Adak aboard the Spar Canis.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring the vessel.
There were no injuries or fatalities reported in the incident.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]