FV Unimak Aground Near Chignik
Friday, 25 September 2009
fishing boat, the 83-foot Unimak, is on the rocks near Chignik, about 200 miles
southwest of Kodiak city.
crew reportedly abandoned ship in a life raft, and were picked up by the Good
Samaritan vessel Sylvia Star.
spokeswoman Sara Francis in Kodiak says there will be an overflight of the
Unimak this afternoon by an Air Station Kodiak aircraft, and the Unimak's
skipper will survey the situation from aboard the Sylvia Star, as well. Francis
said there is believed to be about 800 gallons of diesel onboard the Unimak.
There is a
gale warning in effect for the coastal waters south of the Alaska Peninsula, with
west winds gusting to 55 knots and seas to 14 feet.