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U.S. Coast Guard District 17

While 46 crewmembers were rescued Tuesday after abandoning a sinking ship in the Aleutians, officials say recovery efforts are still underway for the fishing vessel itself.

A salvage ship has been sent to assess the Alaska Juris, which began taking on water Tuesday afternoon near Kiska Island, nearly 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor.

The trawler's condition is unknown, but U.S. Coast Guard officials said the salvage vessel will arrive to inspect it Thursday or Friday, depending on weather.

Annie Ropeik

Unalaska's inching closer to construction on a $44 million renovation of the city dock.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, PND Engineers announced they're more than halfway done with the designs — and aiming to break ground in the spring of 2017.

PND Vice President Dempsey Thiemen said the two-year project will replace docks three and four as well as realign the entire dock face. The goal is to create more flat, usable space for handling and storing cargo.

Newscast: 07/27/16

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Forty-six crewmembers were rescued after their fishing vessel started sinking near Kiska Island; a small fire at the Grand Aleutian Hotel evacuated guests and staff; and Unalaska is inching closer to construction on a $44 million renovation of the city dock.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

The Unalaska Department of Public Safety responded to a fire in the laundry room of the Grand Aleutian Hotel yesterday evening. The 911 call was received shortly before 5 o'clock, and a fire truck was on the scene within 6 minutes.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

Forty-six crewmembers were rescued Tuesday night after their fishing vessel started sinking in the Aleutians. Now, officials are working on a rescue plan for the abandoned trawler.

The Alaska Juris began taking on water Tuesday afternoon near Kiska Island, nearly 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor. Crewmembers donned survival suits, sent a distress signal, and jumped ship for three life rafts.

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