Coast Guard Rescues Fishing Crew off Latouche Island

The vessel had 200 gallons of diesel fuel on board. There is no report of pollution in the area.

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by Megan Mazurek

Three fisherman were rescued earlier this afternoon (1/25) in Prince William Sound north of Latouche Island.
A rescue crew from the Kodiak based Coast Guard arrived on scene just before noon to the partially submerged fishing vessel.
The men were transferred to Whittier, and were reported to be in good condition.
The crew, based from Homer, intentionally grounded the 42-foot vessel to prevent it from sinking.
Coast guard officials say it was a good samaritan that arrived on scene first while the coast guard wad delayed due to poor weather.
"The weather was tricky throughout the night," said Lt. Mike Anderson with the United States Coast Guard. "we had low visibility in fact again that's why the helicopter couldn't arrive on scene initially, 30 knot winds 3 feet seas really zero visibility once on scene."
The crew was reportedly fishing for Pacific cod and skate fish at the time of the incident.
The vessel had 200 gallons of diesel fuel on board. There is no report of pollution in the area.

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