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Updated: 11:33 a.m. 

Two people are missing after a commercial fishing vessel sank near Unalaska Tuesday night, forcing crewmembers to abandon ship.

Around 10 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received reports that the 117-foot Exito was taking on water north of Unalaska Bay.

Petty Officer Meredith Manning said Air Station Kodiak sent a rescue helicopter crew to respond, while four vessels nearby volunteered to help.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people Friday afternoon after their helicopter crashed about nine miles southwest of the Dutch Harbor Airport.

Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the small two-seater aircraft went down during whiteout conditions in a mountainous area on Unalaska Island.

"They apparently encountered some heavy weather and crashed," said Colclough. "Fortunately, we were able to locate them in time because they activated their personal locator beacon."

Aleutians East Borough

In Sand Point, police have arrested a local resident who was previously at large, following a spree of burglaries and thefts.

Officer Eric Tupper said police can't release the name of the individual yet, citing the ongoing investigation. But he said the person faces more than 10 pending charges.

The crimes began about two weeks ago, when the individual broke into the main city building and a local bar. Police issued an arrest warrant, but they couldn't find the individual until Thursday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

Starting Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard is holding two weeks of public hearings as part of the investigation into the sinking of the F/V Alaska Juris.

The 220-foot factory trawler went down in the Bering Sea near Kiska Island in July, forcing 46 crewmembers to abandon ship in survival suits. Everyone was rescued, but the vessel itself was never recovered.

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Officials in Sand Point have wanted to expand city limits for years, but they've never filed a formal petition until now.