Dozens rescued from down factory trawler

Jul 27, 2016

The Coast Guard and two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people from a vessel that went down in the Aleutians yesterday.

Petty Officer Lauren Steinson said the Coast Guard received an electronic alert from the F/V Alaska Juris saying it was taking on water late Tuesday morning.

“They reported that they were taking on water and were about to abandon ship and all 46 people were able to get on survival suits and make it into three life rafts.”

All of those individuals were rescued by the Spar Canis and Vienna Express – both Good Samaritan vessels - and taken to Adak. The Seafisher and Ocean Peace also responded to the Coast Guard’s marine information broadcast calling for help.

The Coast Guard also sent a plane, helicopter, and cutter to the scene.

The Alaska Juris is a 220-foot factory trawler owned by the Fishing Company of Alaska. That company had another vessel go down in 2008.