The 50 foot fishing vessel Evening Star capsized and sank in the Slocum Arm near Sitka, Alaska. The crew were pulling in a load of salmon nets when it lost stability before sinking in 300 feet of water . All five crewmen on board were able to escape and were quickly rescued by the nearby fishing vessel Chickamene. No reports of injuries. Authorities spotted an oil sheen on the surface causing the closure of the nearby salmon fishery. The Evening Star had some 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard when it sank. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the vessel’s owners with the pollution and salvage if possible.
The fishing vessel Yankee ran aground on Error Island near Sitka, Alaska. A passenger on board had contacted a friend via text message that the vessel was in trouble. The friend then contacted the Coast Guard in Juneau who dispatch rescuers to the scene. When the rescuers arrived they found the vessel high and dry and in danger of falling over onto its side with the master of the vessel under the influence. The Coast Guard requested that the master and his passenger to leave the vessel, but the master of the vessel refused to leave. The authorities force the man from the Yankee and was later arrested. The Coast Guard reported that the hull of the vessel was undamaged and Yankee would be refloated on the next high tide.
The 53 meter long passenger ship Otuangaofa allided with the moored 400 dwt freighter Sitka at Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The Otuangaofa was attempting to dock when it struck the Sitka twice! The Sitka suffered damage to its bow with estimates place the damage at more than $50,000 US. The Otuangaofa with 500 passengers on board was able to dock with no injuries reported. Reports state the passenger ship has been taken out of service.