Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 crew Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking F/V Alaska Juris in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard said.
There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to Good Samaritan merchant ships that then embarked on a 13-hour voyage to Adak, Alaska, a port in the Aleutians.
When the 220-foot Alaska Juris started taking on water Tuesday morning, all crew members donned survival suits and got into three rafts.
An emergency beacon alerted the Coast Guard to the sinking ship just after 11:30 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.
The Good Samaritan ships Spar Canis and the Vienna Express responded to a Coast Guard emergency broadcast for help, as did two other merchant vessels.
The Coast Guard diverted the cutter Midgett, dispatched two C-130 transport planes and two helicopters from Kodiak to the site of the sinking ship about 690 miles west of Dutch Harbor.
The cause of the Alaska Juris sinking will be part of the Coast Guard investigation. Weather conditions were calm seas and winds, but there was low visibility because of heavy fog, Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ayd said.
It’s not the first trouble the Alaska Juris has encountered in recent years.
In March 2012, a fisherman on board the Alaska Juris died after a cable snapped and struck him in the head. Days later, another fisherman was treated for a head injury after a cable snapped aboard the vessel and struck him.
In May 2012, the crew of the Alaska Juris requested help from the Coast Guard after three crew members were exposed to ammonia after a leak when the ship was just north of Cold Bay, Alaska. The Coast Guard flew the trio to Cold Bay, where an airplane was waiting to fly them to Anchorage.