Wednesday, February 25

Fishing Boat grounded on North Head...

So with this huge storm, packing winds punching up wards of more than 120MPH in our bay, decided to take one of the crabbing boats and throw her on the North side of our island. Not sure what they can do in these winds to help them, but hopefully there is something they can do. The radio has been pretty busy with all the hectic going on with that boat on the north side of our island.

Here is some info from the Alaska Daily News:
Fishing boat aground in Aleutians; 4 aboard
Daily News staff and wire reports

Published: February 25th, 2009 09:04 AM
Last Modified: February 25th, 2009 10:18 AM

A commercial fishing boat ran aground early today in the Aleutian Islands and was in danger of breaking up, putting four crewmen in danger.A Coast Guard cutter and three rescue helicopters were sent to aid the crew of the Icy Mist, which ran aground off the rocky coast of Akutan Island, about 40 miles east of Dutch Harbor, a major Aleutians fishing port.

The 58-foot Icy Mist is based in Kodiak and is equipped for crabbing and trawling. The boat has participated in many Alaska fisheries including crab, salmon and herring, state records show.

Foul weather and high winds were hampering rescue efforts, Coast Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn said. The first helicopter sent, a HH-65 Dolphin launched from Dutch Harbor, was forced to turn back because of the wind, which was blowing at 45 mph, with gusts reaching 80 mph, Shinn said.

Ocean conditions are rough, with swells up to 15 feet, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Munro, on patrol in the Bering Sea, was ordered to Akutan. A C130 airplane is already on scene and waiting for the arrival of two larger helicopters, MH-60 Jayhawks, which launched from St. Paul Island, about 265 miles northwest of Akutan, at about 8 a.m
Shinn said the Coast Guard received a mayday call early Wednesday reporting that the boat was taking on water.

Communications are limited in the region. The mayday call was received by the vessel Arctic Fox and relayed to the Northern Glacier, whose crew contacted the Coast Guard.

The vessel was later reported aground on the island.

Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios in Juneau said he did not have an estimate when the cutter or the two larger helicopters could arrive to hoist crewmen off the vessel.

We are located about 766 miles southwest of Anchorage.


  1. WOW what news... wish for all returning safely to their loved ones

  2. If you happen to find out anymore please post it up. My brother in-law is on that boat. The coast guard is reporting that they are on land. Do you know anymore?

  3. I dont' really know much about what's going on, but I did hear that the 2 big jayhawk helicopters made it back to Dutch, so I was hoping they were on those!

  4. CB is reporting on Dutch Harbor Dirt that they are ashore on Dutch.


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