After leaving Dutch Harbor early morning Fri Nov 1, the ARCTIC HUNTER, a 93-foot crabber, ran aground on the rocks near Morris Cove and became partially submerged.
Numerous vessels responded to the Mayday. SAGA SEA was first on the scene to rescue the six man crew. There were no reported crew injuries.
The cause of the grounding is under investigation by the Coast Guard. The Captain of the vessel reportedly failed one of two sobriety tests. Reports say the captain claimed he had a beer after the ARCTIC HUNTER went aground and before abandoning ship. Other reports have suggested the captain fell asleep at the wheel.
Magone Marine has led salvage efforts and contain environmental damages. Attempts to remove 12,000 gallons of fuel from the vessel have been hampered by high winds and rough seas.