June 01, 2006
The Liberty's boarding team found that the two crewmen on board did not have immersion suits. Additionally some of the vessel's required documentation was expired.
The team terminated the voyage of the vessel and escorted it to Ketchikan. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Ketchikan will inspect the vessel at the dock in Ketchikan today.
Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie
Commercial fishing vessel operators and owners have an opportunity to be ready for at-sea boardings by participating in the voluntary dockside exam program. Coast Guard personnel will examine safety equipment, and inform the skipper what's right and what needs correction - free of charge and penalty free.
Contact your nearest Coast Guard marine safety office and an examiner will visit your vessel to examine primary life saving equipment and verify the vessel is in compliance with applicable regulations. If there are any deficiencies, operators and or owners are given a work list not a citation so that items can be corrected before getting underway.
The Coast Guard cutter Liberty is a 100-foot patrol boat stationed out of Juneau.
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