MARITIME CASUALTY - WHAT WENT WRONG AND WHY

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Evening Star Sunk

August 2, 50-foot F/V EVENING STAR sunk in 300 feet of water at Slocum Arm, about forty miles northwest of Sitka, with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A significant oil sheen of about three-quarters of a mile in length visible, which prompted an emergency purse seine fishery closure in the area to avoid risk of harvesting in contaminated waters.

EVENING STAR capsized while the crew was pulling in nets of salmon. The crew of Good Samaritan F/V CHIKAMIN rescued all five of the EVENING STAR crew and took them to Sitka, where they are reported to be in good condition. The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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