The FV Unimak aground near Chignik. US Coast Guard photo.
83-foot fishing vessel Unimak that went aground on the Alaska Peninsula near
Chignik on Thursday evening is still intact, and Magone Marine is attempting to
clean it up.
Magone and his crew have already removed the diesel out of the day tank, put
absorbents into the engine room to prevent leaks, and removed batteries, paint
and other pollutants from the ship. He said that they are staged and
ready to pump out the other 800 gallons of fuel and other pollutants, but are
currently on weather hold, as the area is experiencing gales.
reported to the Coast Guard that the waves washed most of the cod from the fishing
vessel onto shore, and bears, sea lions, and gulls are reportedly feasting on
wooden-hulled Unimak went aground on a rocky beach near cliffs. The Coast Guard
is currently investigating why. The three men aboard the boat abandoned ship
into a life raft, were rescued by the Sylvia Star and taken to Chignik.