Coast Guard monitors American Way grounding response

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is monitoring the response to the intentional grounding of the 38-foot fishing vessel American Way southwest of Kodiak.

The Coast Guard was notified that the vessel had grounded on Aghiyuk Island, Alaska, the northern most of the Semidi Islands, due to a loss of engine power and heavy icing. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Kodiak to rescue the vessel master Jim Brewer, and crewman Jay Kingsley.

Upon reaching the island the rescue crew spotted a fire the men had built to stay warm. At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday they were safely hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Chignik where the vessel is home ported. Following their arrival in Chignik, Brewer contacted personnel at Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and began making arrangements to salvage the vessel. Magone Marine of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, has been contracted to conduct the salvage using the vessel Redeemer.

Estimated time for the Redeemer to reach Aghiyuk Island from Dutch Harbor is 36 hours after the Redeemer leaves homeport. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation.

An investigation is currently underway. No injuries or pollution have been reported. Approximately 600 gallons of diesel remains in the fuel tank and about 200 gallons stored in drums on deck.

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