February 27, 2004
A small boat crew from the Coast Guard's station at Ketchikan conducted a routine safety and law enforcement boarding of the fishing vessel Jo-Jo Dancer. During the boarding the crew noted several safety equipment deficiencies and other violations. The boarding team members issued a notice of violation for unserviceable immersion suits, expired visual distress signals, and an expired EPIRB, as well as inoperable navigation lights.
After consulting with the Coast Guard's Seventeenth District office in Juneau, the decision was made to terminate the vessel's voyage. The small boat crew escorted the Jo-Jo Dancer and crew into Ketchikan.
"Operating a vessel without navigation lights endangers not only that vessel but also any other vessels operating in the area. If another skipper doesn't know you're there, how can he avoid you," said Sue Jorgensen, the Coast Guard's commercial fishing vessel safety program coordinator. "In addition, when your vessel is sinking is not a good time to discover that your immersion suit won't keep you dry because the zipper doesn't work."
According information released
by the USCG, the vessel owner must correct the discrepancies
and contact the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Detachment in Ketchikan
for an inspection before being allowed to continue fishing.
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