Coast Guard terminates tribal fishing vessel’s voyage

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Cassandra Ann after finding nine safety violations during a routine at sea boarding.

A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Alert ended the voyage of the 42-foot fishing vessel Cassandra Anne, homeported in Neah Bay, Wash., after finding nine violations of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act. The violations include lack of adequate survival suits for the number of crew on board, expired survival craft, inadequate fire extinguishers, lack of required alarms and sound producing device and no certificate of documentation. Additionally the crew lacked the proper emergency training and drills.

“The violations found on the Cassandra Ann are of a very serious nature,” said Marty Teachout, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator for Sector Seattle. “Detecting and correcting these types of violations is a top priority of Sector Seattle’s fishing vessel safety program.”

The vessel is being escorted back to port by the Alert and Coast Guard Station Neah Bay. The vessel will also be required to remain in port until all violations have been fixed.

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