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Safety violations prompt Coast Guard crew to terminate vessel's voyage


April 08, 2005

The crew aboard the Coast Guard cutter Liberty terminated a fishing vessel's voyage near Ketchikan Wednesday morning after boarding results revealed safety violations.

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.

jpg USCG cutter Liberty

Juneau-based USCG cutter Liberty was photographed Tuesday in Ketchikan.
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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