Two men from Chignik, Jim
Brewer and Jay Kingsley, intentionally grounded the 38-foot fishing vessel
"American Way" on Aghiyuk Island Sunday afternoon after their
engine failed and the ship began to ice up. They were on their way from Kodiak
to Chignik. Aghiyuk Island is about 200 miles southwest of Kodiak and 60 miles east of Chignik.
The men set off their
EPIRB, and it was received by the Coast Guard in Juneau at 3 o'clock
Sunday afternoon. At 3:41, Brewer called the Coast Guard on his satellite phone
and reported that he and Kingsley had taken an inflatable the 100-feet to shore
and had built a fire to stay warm.
An MH-60 Jayhawk
helicopter from Air Station Kodiak responded, found the two men, and had them
hoisted aboard by 6:30 p.m. They were flown to Chignik.
Brewer then contacted
the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Detachment in Kodiak to make arrangements to
salvage the "American Way." He has contracted Magone Marine of Dutch Harbor to conduct
the salvage. Its ship, the "Redeemer," should be on Aghiyuk Island in
a couple of days.
The Coast Guard is
conducting an investigation into the grounding. No injuries or pollution have
been reported. Approximately 600 gallons of diesel remains in the fuel tank and
about 200 gallons stored in drums on deck.