50-foot F/V EVENING STAR sunk on August 2nd in about 300 feet of water at Slocum Arm, which is 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 was visible, which prompted an emergency purse seine fishery closure in the area so as to avoid any risk of harvesting in contaminated waters.

According to reports, EVENING STAR capsized while the crew was pulling in nets. The crew of Good Samaritan F/V CHIKAMIN were able to rescue all five of the EVENING STAR crew and take them safely to Sitka, where they are reported to be in good condition. The cause of the sinking is under investigation, as are pollution levels from the diesel fuel.

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