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Powerless Container Ship Towed To Unalaska

Jul 18, 2017
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.  

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold public hearings this summer as part of its investigation into the disappearance of the F/V Destination.

The crab boat and its six crew members vanished off St. George Island in February.

For the Bering Sea crab fleet, it was the worst accident in more than a decade.

Officials say the hearings will focus on how weather and human misconduct may have played a role in the catastrophe.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

 

On Wednesday, Federal officials apologized for their role in the World War II internment of the Unangan people.

Jim Kurth — acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — traveled to St. Paul Island to speak with survivors and descendants.

“As much as we wish, we cannot take back the course of history,” Kurth said. “But what we can do now is heal together. We can work together.”

 

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