Coast Guard: Fishing boat capsizes in Port Valdez, no injuries reported

Devin Kelly

A 45-foot fishing boat carrying several hundred pounds of salmon capsized in Port Valdez Friday, the Coast Guard said.

None of the four adult crewmembers on board were injured in the incident, which was reported to the Coast Guard in Anchorage about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, according to a Coast Guard statement issued Saturday. Authorities were told that the Homer-based fishing boat Elohim had capsized while passing through Port Valdez.

The cause of the incident is under investigation, officials said.

The crewmembers on board were picked up by another fishing boat, the Infinite Grace, and taken to the Valdez small boat harbor, the Coast Guard statement said. The Elohim was towed to a mooring buoy in Port Valdez to be salvaged.

No pollution was reported in the incident, though the Elohim's owner deployed a boom around the boat as a precaution, the statement said. The boat had a fuel capacity of about 900 gallons and was carrying about 500 pounds of salmon, according to the statement.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit was coordinating with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and other state and federal agencies to oversee the salvaging of the boat.

A Coast Guard official could not immediately be reached for further details.

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