Coast Guard Investigating Kepala Boat Fire in Prince William Sound

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a boat fire aboard the 50-foot fishing vessel Kepala that occurred Tuesday near Black Point at the northern entrance to the Tititlek Narrows in Prince William Sound.

No injuries have been reported and no pollution has been observed.

The nearby Good Samaritan vessel Sound Pacer notified the Coast Guard that the Kepala was on fire and Coast Guard crews were dispatched to respond around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The three personnel on board deployed their life raft and abandoned ship. They were recovered by the Good Samaritan fishing vessel Tri-K that was in the area and taken to Cordova.

The vessel burned to the waterline and drifted to shore near where it caught fire. The Coast Guard is currently discussing salvage options with the owner.

An overflight by a Coast Guard helicopter personnel and observations by Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel aboard a Station Valdez small boat today revealed that the vessel’s hull is still intact and aground on the beach. Again no pollution was observed.

The Kepala’s homeport is listed with the State of Alaska as Kodiak. The Sound Pacer is an 82-foot fishing vessel out of Cordova. The Tri-K is a 51-foot vessel also out of Cordova.

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