Sunday, August 5, 2012

Prince William Sound seiner burns, crew OK

The U.S. Coast Guard tells me fire broke out in the engine room of a Prince William Sound fishing vessel, the Tempest, and the boat burned to the waterline.

The four crewmen made it onto a Good Samaritan vessel.

The incident happened in the vicinity of Knight Island. The Coast Guard says it was notified at 10:28 p.m. Friday.

The Coast Guard conducted a helicopter flyover of the scene Saturday and found no sign of the burned vessel, nor any fuel sheen.

I've received informal word that folks in Cordova have really come together with clothing and other provisions for the surviving crewmen.

Public records indicate the Tempest, a 41-foot purse seiner, belongs to Jerry Lundli of Shoreline, Wash.

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