The 238 foot long, 611 ton fishing vessel Alaska Juris suffered water ingress and presumed sunk in the Bering Sea near Adak Island some 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Reports state the crew was unable to bring the flooding under control and the vessel sent out a distress call. The 46 crew on board the Alaska Juris donned survival suits and abandoned ship into the trawler’s three life rafts. Multiple vessels along with a Coast Guard cutter responded to the distress call. The 190 meter long, 53565 dwt bulk carrier Spar Canis and 335 meter long, 103648 dwt the container ship Vienna Express arrived on scene first and rescued all the crew from the Alaska Juris. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
July 27 Update
The Coast Guard reports the Alaska Juris is still afloat. The flooding in the engine room has caused the vessel to be down by the bow and a 5 degree list to port. The tug Resolve Pioneer was dispatched to salvage the trawler, but it is not expected to reach the Alaska Juris until July 28. Once the tug arrives on scene, they will evaluate salvage options and investigate further the water ingress.
The 85 meter long, 1753 ton fishing boat 501 Oryong sank in the Bering Sea off the Chukotka Peninsula, Russia. The 501 Oryong had departed from Busan with 62 persons on board in July to fish in the Bering Sea. On December 1, the vessel was fishing pollock in stormy seas with waves reaching 5 to 6 meters in sub zero temperatures. As the crew pulled in nets, the 501 Oryong was struck by a large wave. The surge of water flooded the fishing boat’s storage areas causing the vessel to list. The master of the 501 Oryong sent out a distress call and ordered the crew to abandon ship. Five nearby fishing vessels responded to the scene. The trawler Carolina rescued five crew while the Zaliv Zabiyaka pulled another two men from the water. Another person was recovered, but later died from hypothermia. Reports state the remaining crew remains missing. The 501 Oryong was last reported at 62 17.05N 177 47.26E, but the vessel was stated to sink in Anadyr Bay. One of the survivors was reported to be a Russian inspector.
On November 9, the 35 meter long fishing vesselAlaska Mist became disable in the Bering Sea off Amak Island. The Alaska Mist with 22 crew had suffered a mechanical failure and had gone adrift. The crew requested assistance with a Coast Guard vessel and helicopter, the tug Resolve Pioneer and another fishing vessel responding. The fishing vessel Pavlof arrived on the scene and took the Alaska Mist under tow.
The pair of fishing vessel headed towards Dutch Harbor until the tug Resolve Pioneer arrived. The tug attempted to connect a line, but it suffered equipment failure and had to standoff to make repairs. The Alaska Mist drifted closer to shore when the crew were able to successfully drop anchor. The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche arrived and began to transfer non-essential crewmen. In 35 mph winds and waves reaching 10 feet, the non-essential crew from the Alaska Mist were transferred and a towline was attached. The Waesche towed the Alaska Mist to Unalaska Island where the tug Pioneer Resolve was able to take over the tow. The tug and fishing vessel arrived safely into Dutch Harbor.
One crewman on the Waesche was injured during the transfer of crews. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.