The Coast Guard says a 50-foot fishing vessel capsized and sank while pulling in loaded salmon nets but another nearby boat rescued all five of the stricken vessel’s crew members.
Lt. Ryan Erickson says the Evening Star sank early Thursday about 40 miles northwest of Sitka, Alaska.
The boat went down in Slocum Arm in 300 feet of water with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. The fishing vessel Chickamene came to the rescue and took the Evening Star’s crew to Sitka.
Erickson says the Coast Guard is working with the vessel owner to deal with pollution and salvage the boat if possible.
Inspectors saw a sheen in the area Thursday afternoon, prompting the Alaska Fish and Game Department to announce an emergency closure of an active salmon fishery.
- Jason Coday was ordered to serve a combined sentence of 101 years in prison for the murder of 26-year-old Simone Kim in August 2006.
- The 32nd annual Legislative Welcome Reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The event is free and The Prospector Hotel will provide food.
- Dozens of canines howl in John Hanson Jr.’s dog yard, excited by the sound of a snow machine pulling up to the kennel.
- The 30th Alaska Legislature gavels in Tuesday to begin its 90-day session, along with live Gavel Alaska television and streaming coverage of the proceedings.