September 15, 2010
Coast Guard photo.
The fishing vessel St. Francis was participating in the state Pacific Cod fishery when the vessel was terminated due to inadequate immersion suits for the crew which had no strobe lights as required attached because they were on the nets to see them at night. Also, the vessel did not have any type of buoyant apparatus on board, the life ring buoy had multiple cuts and the vessel's documentation had the previous owner's name on it and was not current or updated since the current owner's possession.
The crew of the Teri Lynn was able to fixed all of their especially hazardous conditions Tuesday and were allowed to continue their voyage. Because of the remote location of King Cove, it would have taken a number of days for a Coast Guard inspector from Sector Anchorage to arrive. The Acushnet crew, working with Sector Anchorage, was able to provide a post-boarding inspection to clear them to operate.
The Teri Lynn is a 46-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel and the St. Francis is a 38-foot is homeported at Cape Cove, Alaska.
The Acushnet is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Ketchikan and is the oldest operational cutter in the Coast Guard.
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