Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Captain of wrecked fishing vessel identified

Just spoke with the Alaska State Troopers in Juneau, and they identified the dead man found yesterday morning aboard the beached troller Allman Joy.

It was Frederick Washburn, who according to the state commercial fishing vessel database was from Sequim, Wash.

The trooper dispatcher I spoke with didn't have any information about what might have caused the grounding near Gedney Harbor some 67 miles southeast of Sitka.

State records show Washburn held two fishing permits: a statewide salmon power troll permit, and a halibut longline permit for vessels under 60 feet long.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported yesterday that the Allman Joy is a 36-foot boat, but state records list it as a 27-footer.

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