Crew safe as Homer Seiner remains capsized off Alaska Peninsula

Four crew-members escaped safely when their fishing boat rolled over near the Alaska Peninsula on Friday.

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“So just before 8 p.m. this past Friday, our district watch standers received an EPIRB alert of a 41-foot fishing vessel, Carmelina, located approximately 35 nautical miles west of Kodiak Island,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker in Kodiak. “The vessel had capsized with four people on board. The crew of the good Samaritan vessel Spartan recovered all four people from the Carmelina, and all survivors were reported in good condition.”

The Carmelina is owned by Willie Creamer of Homer, according to the state’s commercial fisheries database.

Parker said the Carmelina remains capsized, with its seine net anchoring it to some rocks in Jute Bay.

“The fishing vessel Spartan put the Carmelina in town and was planning on taking the vessel to Portage Bay, when the vessel nets caught on some rocks,” Parker said. “The Spartan crew then transferred all four survivors to the fishing vessel Genoa and then transferred them to Kodiak. The master of the vessel is currently working on the recovery and salvage plan.”

Parker said a Coast Guard overflight did not spot any pollution in the water around the Carmelina. He said the cause of the capsizing is still unreported and the Coast Guard is broadcasting a notice to mariners to be aware of the potential hazard to navigation.

Jay Barrett is the news director at KMXT in Kodiak.

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