Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel with deceased captain

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to a grounded fishing vessel with deceased captain on board about 67 miles southeast of Sitka today.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka launched a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter after Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received a call from the fishing vessel C’est La Vie reporting Allman Joy, a 36-foot fishing vessel from Port Angeles, Wash., hard aground and the captain unresponsive near Gedney Harbor at 7:51 a.m.

The helicopter crew launched at 8:41 a.m. and arrived on scene at 9:16 a.m. On board Allman Joy, the Air Station’s duty corpsman could not get a pulse on the captain. The captain was pronounced deceased, taken aboard the helicopter, and transported to Alaska State Troopers in Sitka.

The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers are conducting an investigation.

A salvage company in Juneau has been hired to remove fuel and oil from the Allman Joy.

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