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.