Coast Guard monitoring response to Fishing Vessel Ice Maiden sinking in Prince William Sound

17th Coast Guard District News
VALDEZ, Alaska – Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez responded to the capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Ice Maiden near Rocky Point in Prince William Sound Sunday and continue to monitor the response.

The 36-foot Ice Maiden 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 Seward-based Ice Maiden.

No pollution or injuries have been reported. R&R Diving has been contracted to carry out pollution response and salvage of the vessel and are currently on scene monitoring the vessel and developing a salvage plan. There is reportedly 250 gallons of diesel and a small amount of hydraulic oil aboard the vessel. The vessel is currently encircled with containment boom. It does not present a hazard to navigation.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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