46 abandon ship in Alaska waters, rescued by Good Samaritans

    Good Samaritans in several vessels were racing to the scene Tuesday after Coast Guard officials alerted nearby boats that the 220-foot Alaska Juris fishing ship was taking on water.

     

    The Latest: Rescued fishing crew arrives at Alaska port

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of 46 crew members who abandoned a sinking fishing boat off Alaska (all times local):

    2:30 p.m.

    Two good Samaritan ships have arrived at an Alaska port with 46 crew members who were rescued from life rafts after they abandoned their sinking fishing vessel off the Aleutian Islands.

    The crew members of the stricken Alaska Juris were transported to the port in Adak, Alaska. Adak city manager Layton Lockett says the crew arrived late Wednesday morning. He says the crew members did not require medical attention.

    The Coast Guard says the crew will be flown to Anchorage.

    The Coast Guard said earlier a flyover was planned Wednesday to see if the 220-foot (67-meter) vessel is still afloat and determine if any pollution has spilled. The Coast Guard now says no flyover will occur Wednesday because of unavailability of aircraft.

    Civilian spokesman Cory Cichoracki says the Coast Guard is asking mariners in the areas to share updates on the vessel.

    11:15 a.m.

    The Coast Guard says a sinking fishing boat had a problem in the engine room that led to flooding on board and the crew to abandon ship off Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    Coast Guard Lt. Joseph Schlosser says the agency plans to conduct a flyover Wednesday to see if the 220-foot Alaska Juris is still afloat and determine if any pollution has spilled from the disabled vessel.

    The 46 crew members got into life rafts Tuesday and were rescued by two ships that heard the Coast Guard's emergency broadcast for help. There are no reported injuries.

    Schlosser says the ships are expected to arrive at a port in Adak, Alaska, on Wednesday afternoon.


    ORIGINAL STORY:

    Dozens of fishermen were saved in an amazing rescue off the coast of Alaska. Good Samaritans in several vessels were racing to the scene Tuesday after Coast Guard officials alerted nearby boats that the 220-foot Alaska Juris fishing ship was taking on water.

    Petty Officer Lauren Steenson says the stranded crew members had started abandoning ship in the Bering Sea, donning survival gear, fearing the worst:

    "There were eventually four total Good Samaritan vessels that responded to assist. They were able to transfer all 46 people aboard on two of the Good Samaritan vessels. The fishing vessel in an emergency did as much as they could for a self rescue by having a functional EPIRB, the emergency position indicating radio beacon. We would love to be everywhere to save anyone in need but the reality is, the size of Alaska is everyone needs to come together and help each other out when they need it."

    Steenson says there were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the vessels in a fairly calm Bering Sea.

    She says the ships then embarked on a 13-hour voyage to Adak, Alaska, a port in the Aleutians.

    The Good Samaritan ships Spar Canis and the Vienna Express rushed to the scene as did two other merchant vessels, all responding to a Coast Guard's emergency broadcast for help.

    The trouble occurred about 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor, one of the nation's busiest fishing ports.

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