Coast Guard Towing Disabled Fishing Vessel in Gulf of Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is towing the disabled fishing vessel Equinox to Kodiak today.

The SPAR arrived on scene with the Equinox, a 58-foot longliner which became disabled early Sunday morning, at approximately 1:30 a.m. today. En route to the disabled fishing vessel the crew of the SPAR experienced 25 – 30 knot winds and up to 17 foot seas.

Weather conditions have been diminishing since this morning with current conditions for the tow being 5 – 10 knot winds and 4 – 6 foot seas. The SPAR and the Equinox have an estimated time of arrival into Kodiak of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The fishing vessel reportedly had an engine casualty 270 miles southeast of Kodiak while en route to their homeport of Petersburg. The Equinox has three people aboard and no injuries or pollution has been reported.

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  1. Michael says:

    More lives saved – just another day for the CG. I was a crew member on the America #1 out of Dutch Harbor years ago and I know 17 foot seas in a small boat like the one in this report can be deadly. When there is no propulsion and heavy seas there is a real chance the boat will take on water and eventually capsize. Every person who has ever fished commercially from here in Seattle up to Alaska knows we owe a lot to the Coast Guard – ty.