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Before sending a $6,000 drone to record aerial footage in Unalaska, Emmett Fitch warned the pilot he might want to reconsider one thing.  

“It was black with a white body,” Fitch recalls. “I said, ‘That looks a lot like an eagle. We should maybe paint it a different color.’”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wreckage from the F/V Destination has been found off St. George Island. The boat and its six crew members were fishing for snow crab when they disappeared on February 11.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this morning that two of its research vessels have found and confirmed the location of the Destination.
 

United States Coast Guard

A federal response team prevented a Danish container ship from running aground Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports the 872-foot Laura Maersk lost power 7 miles north of Akutan and began drifting toward the coast.

The response team including the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midget, a Coast Guard chopper, and three local tugboats, stopped the container ship 5.5 miles from shore. The tug Gretchen Dunlap towed the ship back to Unalaska.

PenAir

PenAir is not changing its luggage policy for Unalaska flyers.

The airline clarified its rules recently after Mayor Frank Kelty announced PenAir might make its policies more restrictive by cutting the number of allowed checked bags from three to two.

That’s not the case, according to Missy Roberts, PenAir's VP of sales and marketing.

“The Dutch Harbor/Unalaska market is not our market, so we can’t make those decisions," she said. "It has to come from Alaska Airlines.”

Right now, Roberts said Alaska Airlines has no plans to change its baggage rules. 

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner Thursday from a vessel near Unalaska.

Officials say the F/V Island Enterprise was fishing 150 miles north of Dutch Harbor when a crew member suffered a “potentially limb-threatening” injury to his index finger.

The Coast Guard cutter Sherman sent a helicopter crew to hoist the 33-year-old man from the vessel, which is registered to Trident Seafoods. He was transported to Unalaska for emergency medical care.  

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