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Coast Guard finds safety violations aboard fishing vessel near Kake

Posted: March 23, 2013 - 11:05pm

The Coast Guard said they terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel near Kake after discovering several safety issues aboard on Friday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon, homeported in Ketchikan, escorted the Donna Jean to Kake Harbor. The Donna Jean is a 40-foot vessel that had five adults and three children aboard.

The Coast Guard said in a release that the crew of the Naushon performed an at-sea safety inspection in Keku Strait, and said the Donna Jean had an expired life raft, insufficient survival suits and inadequate fire suppression equipment. The Donna Jean’s crew were ordered to fix the discrepancies with a commercial fishing vessel examiner before getting underway again.

The chief of the Sector Juneau response department, Commander Marc Burd, reminded the public that free vessel safety checks can be obtained in most Alaska ports by contacted the nearest Coast Guard sector or marine safety detachment, or by contacting Ken Lawrenson, the 17th District Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator at 907-463-2810. Sector Juneau can be reached at 907-463-2448.

“We perform at-sea safety inspections to ensure mariners are operating in compliance with required standard safety gear regulations,” Burd said in a release. “These regulations help ensure the safety of those who work at sea, which is one of our primary missions, and we will take the necessary steps to ensure that safety, including sending a vessel back to port to fix any safety issues.”

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