On Feburary 13, the fishing vessel Predator ran hard aground near Akutan, Alaska. The fishing vessel had ran aground in 10 foot seas and 25 mph winds just off the shore. The hull struck the seabed hard resulting in an 8 inch crack in the hull allowing water ingress into the vessel. The three crew on board attempted to control the water ingress with the vessel’s pumps, but the flooding was too much for the pumps to handle.
The crew then requested assistance with a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter dispatched to the scene. The helicopter arrived a short time later and hoisted off all three crewman to safety. No reports of injuries.
The Coast Guard stated they will monitor the Predator for any potential release of pollution. Additional reports state that salvage may not be possible due to the extent of hull damage already sustained to the fishing vessel.