April 08, 2005
Liberty's crew boarded the Neli Bly about 13 miles south of Ketchikan about 11:30 a.m. where the team found a survival suit needing repair and no primary lifesaving equipment such as a required buoyant apparatus. The boarding team also reported that the Neli Bly contained insufficient visual distress signaling equipment, the life ring needs repair and the operator didn't have official documentation on board.
Photograph by Carl Thompson
Neli Bly's operator took the boat to a nearby cannery where Coast Guard marine safety officials expected him to correct his discrepancies. Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel are on-scene evaluating steps taken as of this morning.
Cutter Liberty is a 110-foot
Island Class cutter from Auke Bay. Neli Bly is a 28-foot fishing
boat built in 1978.
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