Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
That 110' vessel with a 6.5 foot draft(OMG!) barely qualifies for a photo at her christening. This vessel is obviously not designed for winter service in Alaska. I can recall several instances where only a larger vessel could have even attempted a winter rescue during the most savage conditions imaginable. E.G.: Sinking of the crabber F/V St. Matthew. Without the big cutters in Alaska, the Coast Guard is at a serious disadvantage and diminished capability when it comes to effecting a real life wintertime rescue or recovery at sea. Without the proper equipment the Coast Guard cant do their job safely either.
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