Families File Lawsuit In Clam Digger Deaths

A seafood company is being accused in a lawsuit of failing to provide gear and training for five clam diggers killed last year in a boating accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News says it accuses Pacific Seafood with failing to train the men to pilot their aluminum skiff and provide survival suits and two-way radios.

The men were recruited to harvest razor clams at beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet. The lawsuit says none of them were taught water-safety rules, emergency life-saving lessons or how many pounds of clams to safely carry in the skiff.

Oregon-based Pacific Seafood Group, which owns Pacific Alaska Shellfish, had no comment Monday on the lawsuit.