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About 75 years ago, the U.S. Navy built a marine railway in Unalaska. It was basically an underwater railroad that helped the military haul boats out of the Bering Sea during World War II.

Since then, the railway has slowly gone to seed and recently, it was demolished for good.

Next to Unalaska’s small boat harbor, in the shadow of Bunker Hill, construction crews are tearing down a piece of history.

“They’re loading up the steel carriage that they used to pull the boats up in,” says Joe Sacramento.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick fisherman Friday from a vessel in the Bering Sea.

The F/V Kodiak Enterprise was fishing 40 miles north of Cold Bay when the crew requested a medevac for the 55-year-old man.

He was suffering from an “abdominal medical condition,” according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Air Station Kodiak sent an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to rescue the fisherman and take him to Cold Bay, where he was transported to Anchorage for further care.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

A fishing crew was rescued Monday morning after their boat ran aground off Unalaska Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the fishing vessel St. Dominick began taking on water around 10 a.m.

“All of the crew members of the St. Dominick were transported to Dutch Harbor by the Good Samaritan vessel Kona Kai,” she said.

Steenson said it’s unclear how many people were aboard the 50-foot steel boat, which is registered to Zachary Nehus of Unalaska. 

She said the Coast Guard’s only involvement has been to keep an eye on the incident from above.

Courtesy of Aleutian Islands Photography

Grant Aviation says it wasn’t a mechanical problem that forced one its planes to belly flop at the Unalaska airport last month.

Beyond that, airline officials are keeping quiet about the accident’s cause -- at least for now.

“We’ve all got our theories," said Rob Kelly, Grant's chief financial officer. "But if we say something and the investigation concludes differently, that’s not a good position for us to be in.”

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard has called on its most rigorous investigators after a crabbing vessel and its six crew members went missing in the Bering Sea earlier this month.

A three-day search revealed no sign of the F/V Destination, apart from a floating tangle of debris.

That’s why the Coast Guard has convened the Marine Board of Investigation.

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