Coast Guard terminates voyage of vessel near Ketchikan, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Ketchikan crewmembers terminated the voyage of a recreational boat fishing in the Carroll Inlet after discovering safety and fishing violations aboard the vessel Thursday.

The Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew safely escorted the 20-foot boat, with two people aboard, to Mountain Point near Ketchikan.

The station crew conducted the at-sea boarding and discovered life jackets missing, an expired Alaska state boat registration and several federal subsistence Halibut fishing violations including fishing in closed waters and using excess amounts of gear.

“Having a life jacket for every person aboard a boat is not only the law, but the life jacket is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment that a mariner can have in an emergency,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevinn Smith, officer-in-charge, Coast Guard Station Ketchikan.  “Having the proper safety gear is essential in Alaska as the maritime environment here is cold, and often remote and isolated.  A mariner needs to be able to take care of themselves until we can get there to rescue them.”

The fishermen will have to obtain life jackets before operating the boat again. They were met by National Marine Fisheries Service agents who will investigate and determine if a formal Notice of Violation will be issued for the Halibut subsistence violations.

As the boating season in Alaska begins, the Coast Guard encourages all boaters to receive a free vessel safety check to help ensure they are prepared for boating on Alaska’s waterways.

Free vessel safety checks are provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary at many locations and communities across Alaska. A recreational vessel safety check doesn’t exempt mariners from at-sea boardings but it can speed the process along and help ensure any issues have already been addressed before getting underway.

For information about receiving a free safety inspection, please visit www.cgaux.org/vsc/.

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