On July 27, the 30 foot long fishing vessel Fishing Time suffered damage and water ingress off Valdez, Alaska. The Fishing Time was fishing off Valdez when the hull suffered a four inch crack allowing water ingress. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard 45 foot long response boat from Valdez. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and was able to safely transfer a dewatering pump along with a damage control kit to bring the flooding under control. The Coast Guard escorted the Fishing Time to Cordova safely. No reports of injuries to the two crew on board.
The 40 foot long fishing vessel Auriga capsized at the entrance to the Unakwik Inlet near Valdez, Alaska. The Auriga had been fishing near Eaglek Bay when a storm approached. The crew had ceased fishing operations and prepared for the storm when the vessel was struck by a large rogue wave. The Auriga capsized and partially sank. The four crewmen on the Auriga were rescued by the nearby fishing vessel Cornelia Marie who transported the men to Valdez. No reports of injuries. The owners of the Auriga have contracted salvage team to remove the fuel and salvage the vessel. The Auriga was reported to have 200 gallons of fuel and 18,000 pounds of fish on board at the time. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
- CAPSIZED – Fishing vessel capsized near Valdez (thecordovatimes.com)
The 36 foot long landing craft Belltech 5 and the 36 foot long fishing vessel Miss Jana required assistance in the waters off Valdez, Alaska. The crew of the Belltech 5 sent out a distress call first after discovering the vessel had sprung a leak. The fishing vessels Miss Jana and Equinox responded to the scene. The Miss Jana arrived first and rescued the 3 crew from the Belltech 5. Then, the Miss Jana suffered engine failure. The 50 foot Equinox arrived and took the Miss Jana under tow. The vessels proceeded towards Valdez when the Coast Guard boat arrived on scene. The crew of the Belltech 5 were transferred over to the Coast Guard vessel who took the men back to Valdez. No reports of injuries. The Belltech 5 sank in 1,200 feet of water. No reports of pollution.