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F/V Evening Star sinks near Sitka - All five crewmen rescued in good condition

Date: Aug. 02, 2012
Coast Guard Sector Juneau
News Release -  Coast Guard investigating fishing vessel sinking northwest of Sitka
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is investigating the sinking of the fishing vessel Evening Star northwest of Sitka Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau received report at 7:44 a.m. that the 50-foot Evening Star sank in Slocum Arm 40 miles northwest of Sitka in 300 feet of water with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

The vessel reportedly capsized while pulling in loaded salmon nets. The good Samaritan fishing vessel Chickamene rescued all five crewmen from the Evening Star in good condition and took them to Sitka.

“We are working with the owner of the vessel mitigate the pollution on scene and salvage the vessel if possible,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson, Sector Juneau incident management division chief. “We thank the Chickamene crew for rescuing these five fishermen and bringing them to safety.”

Personnel from Marine Safety Detachment Sitka travelled to the scene aboard and Alaska State Trooper vessel Thursday afternoon. They observed a sheen in the area prompting an emergency closure of an active salmon fishery in the same location by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. An overflight of the area is being scheduled for Friday morning.


News... F/V Evening Star sinks near Sitka
By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
5:08 p.m. AKDT, August 2, 2012
Coast Guard Sector Juneau was informed at about 7:45 a.m. that the 50-foot Evening Star sank in about 300 feet of water in Slocum Arm, 40 miles northwest of Sitka.

All five crewmen aboard were rescued in good condition by the fishing vessel Chickamene, which took them to Sitka.... http://www.ktuu.com/news/capsized-fishing-vessels-crew-rescued-near-sitka-080212,0,2919332.story

Announcement from ADF&G at 2:48pm today
News Release Content: (email)
SOUTHEAST ALASKA SALMON PURSE SEINE FISHERY EMERGENCY CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT
Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces that all waters of Slocum Arm, Ford Arm, Falcon Arm, and Khaz Bay south of the latitude of Ninefoot Shoal Light (57°34.83' N. latitude) will be closed to seining effective 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2012.  This emergency closure is necessary due to an observed oil sheen, approximately three-quarters of a mile in length, in an area where a seiner sank this morning in Slocum Arm.  The department and other agencies will continue to monitor the extent of the oil sheen and may further adjust seine fishing areas as necessary to avoid harvesting in areas at risk of oil contamination. The Emergency Order corresponding with this news release is EO 1S5812.

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