Coast Guard continues monitoring Ice Maiden response

17th Coast Guard District News
VALDEZ, Alaska – Salvage operations began at first light Thursday in an attempt to raise and dewater the capsized 36-foot seine vessel Ice Maiden.

During salvage operations there was an equipment failure that led to the vessel sinking completely to a depth of 180 feet.

No injuries occurred as a result of the equipment failure. Pollution is being reported as an intermittent diesel sheen and there is debris scattered over a three mile corridor where the vessel sank near Rocky Point at the southern entrance to Galena Bay.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the vessel capsizing and the equipment failure during the salvage operations.

The Seward-based fishing vessel capsized at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday while retrieving a net full of salmon. All four of the crewmembers were able to evacuate to the vessel’s seine skiff prior to the capsizing. The good Samaritan fishing vessels New Venture and Aquanator were fishing in the area and provided assistance, including transportation to Cordova, for the crew of the Ice Maiden.

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