March 30, 2005
Both vessels remained afloat, but the Lovey Joann's pilothouse sustained significant damage caused by the Star Shadow's bow.
The Coast Guard cutter Anacapa was pre-stationed in Sitka Sound to monitor the herring opener. An Anacapa boarding team boarded both vessels to conduct safety checks and interview the crews about the collision. During the boarding of the Star Shadow, the boarding team discovered the existence of only five immersion suits on board, but the vessel's crew consisted of seven people. The Coast Guard terminated the Star Shadow's voyage in Sitka Sound following the post incident boarding and the discovery of an insufficient number of immersion suits on board.
The Star Shadow is a 54-foot aluminum hulled seiner from Ketchikan. The Lovey Joann is a 49-foot wood hulled seiner from Ketchikan. The Coast Guard cutter Anacapa is based in Petersburg.
Coast Guard marine officials
are investigating the collision.
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