Coast Guard responding to grounding, vessel fire near Ketchikan

17th Coast Guard District NewsJUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is responding to the grounding and a subsequent fire aboard the 58-foot fishing vessel Legend at Bostwick Point about eight miles south of Ketchikan Monday.

A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan small boat crew with Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan pollution investigators aboard assessed the Legend Monday morning and reported the approximately 700 gallons of diesel and a catch of 2,000 pounds of salmon aboard were consumed by the fire. Minor sheening has been reported by the response boat crew.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from the crew of the Legend at 11:55 p.m. Sunday that they had run aground at Bostwick Point, departed the vessel aboard their seine skiff and all five crew were now aboard the 54-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Western Roamer.

The Legend crew was subsequently transferred to the 54-foot fishing vessel Julie Ann for transport to Ketchikan. Prior to departing the scene the crew of the Julie Ann reported to Sector Juneau watchstanders that the Legend had caught fire. The Julie Ann crew delivered the crew of the Legend safely to Ketchikan early Monday morning.

The owner of the Legend is working with Sector Juneau to salvage the vessel. Sector Juneau will investigate the cause of the grounding. All three fishing vessels involved are homeported in Ketchikan.

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