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Oct 23 2008
Katmai Update - Search Continues For Two Crewmembers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2008

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          Five people are now confirmed dead in the sinking of the 93-foot Katmai, a Kodiak-based catcher-processor that went missing west of Adak early Wednesday with 11 on board.

          Two crewmembers are still missing, and are believed to be wearing survival suits but may not have been in a life raft. 

          The Coast Guard rescued four survivors yesterday afternoon after they'd spent nearly 15 hours adrift in a life raft. They were taken to Adak for medical treatment. Petty Officer Levi Reed says they were in good condition and had some information about the vessel sinking.

            Reed says the Coast Guard received an e-mail from another vessel, the Blue Ballard, suggesting that the Katmai lost steering and may have been taking on water in the lazarette - an enclosed area at the vessel's stern.

            The Coast Guard is being assisted by two Good Samaritan fishing vessels, the Courageous and the Patricia Lee, as well as an Alaskan Air National Guard C-130 and Blackhawk helicopter.

            The Coast Guard cutter Acushnet is en route and has an estimated time of arrival of 10 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

            Poor weather has been hampering the search.

            The circumstances regarding the incident are under investigation, and names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

            The Katmai was owned by Katmai Seafoods of Seattle. A spokesman there said the crew was from the Pacific Northwest. The Katmai was participating in the state pot cod fishery. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says Henry Blake the third was the ship’s skipper.

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Oct 22 2008
Katmai Update - Four Survivors Found PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

 

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            A 92-foot cod fishing and processing vessel is missing in the Aleutian Islands. The Katmai, which is homeported in Kodiak, was in Amchitka Pass, west of Adak, when it disappeared. As of 5 p.m., four survivors have been found and rescued, and the bodies of two more of the 11 crewmen have been recovered. None of the crewmen have been identified.

            The Coast Guard responded to an EPIRB from the ship at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, but received no mayday call. An MH-60 Jayhawk and two C-130 aircraft were dispatched from Air Station Kodiak. The C-130 dropped life rafts at the site of the beacon, but saw no trace of the boat. Visibility was just a few miles in rain and snow. Winds were over 30 knots and seas were 10- to 15-feet.

            Coast Guard petty officer Wes Shinn said when the Jayhawk first arrived, the crew only found an empty survival suit and a partially inflated life raft, but on a second search over the debris field early Wednesday afternoon, they found the body of a crewman wearing a survival suit with the name of the Katmai on the back. His body is being flown to Adak. He has not been identified.

            A C-130 and a Blackhawk helicopter from the Alaska Air National Guard also responded to the search. The Good Samaritan fishing vessel Courageous is helping, and the cutter Acushnet is also en route. Another Good Samaritan vessel is scheduled to be in the area by Wednesday evening. So far, only buoys, fishing gear, a life raft, a life ring, and an empty survival suit have been found.

            The Katmai is home-ported in Kodiak and was headed towards Dutch Harbor. It is owned by Katmai Seafoods of Seattle. A spokesman there said the crew was from the Pacific Northwest. The Katmai was participating in the state pot cod fishery. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says Henry Blake the third was the ship’s skipper.

 
Oct 22 2008
Kodiak Fishing Boat 'Katmai' Missing Off Adak PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

 

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          The Coast Guard is searching for 11 fishermen from the Kodiak-based fishing vessel Katmai after responding to an emergency beacon detected approximately 100 miles west of Adak.

          The Coast Guard recieved an EPIRB signal at 1:08 a.m. today. The Coast Guard launched two C-130 long range surveillance aircrafts from Air Station Kodiak as well as an HH-60 Jayhawk. The C-130 also is carrying a relief crew for the helicopter.

          The 93-foot Katmai is homeported in Kodiak.

          This afternoon the Coast Guard helicopter crew  located an empty survival suit and the EPIRB registered to the Katmai with strobe lights attached floating in the water. They also located a partially deflated life raft along with the two life rafts the Coast Guard C-130 dropped earlier. There was no sign of the Katmai or any crewmember.

          The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet, an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 and a Blackhawk helicopter are also enroute to assist in the search.

          The Coast Guard reports north winds at 30 knots, 10-15 foot seas, rain and snow, with visibility of 3 miles.

 
Oct 22 2008
City To Re-Bid Police Station Project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

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0             The long and often contentious attempt to replace Kodiak’s aging police station and jail encountered another hurdle recently. The city’s deadline to submit bids on the construction project was October 10th. But when city officials went to open the bids, there was only one, from Alutiiq Management Services.

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Oct 21 2008
Student's Note Locks Down Schools PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2008

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           The public buildings on Borough Hill were locked down for about a half hour Tuesday afternoon after a threatening note was found in the middle school just before 2 p.m.

            Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai said police and school officials investigated and found that a male student left the note, which made vague threats towards the school and its occupants. Kamai didn't know exactly what was on the note, but he said it was not a bomb threat.

            District Assistant Superintendent Ron Fried said he couldn't release any information about the student, but said that in addition to the middle school, the attached high school, nearby Main Elementary and the district's central offices were all locked down until the threat was resolved.

            Chief Kamai said no criminal charges would be filed against the youth, but there could be school administrative punishments in store for him.

            Fried said an automated call was placed to the homes of all students in the city to update parents of the situation and to let them know everything was fine. He said the other schools in the district were also alerted, though not necessarily locked down.

 
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