Eight People Rescued After Separate Sinkings

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A Coast Guard helicopter is flying over the sites of two sinkings in Southeast Alaska on Wednesday to check for any pollution.

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The 75-foot tender Pacific Queen, homeported out of Wrangell, took on water and sank south of Petersburg early Wednesday morning. A thousand gallons of fuel were reported on board.

sinkings-mapLater, the 56-foot seiner Coral Sea ran aground and was partially submerged off Gourd Island. That’s a small island in southern Southeast Alaska. Five-hundred gallons of fuel was reported on board. The Coast Guard says the Coral Sea is owned by a Sitka fisherman.

The Pacific Queen’s three crew were picked up by the fishing vessel Windham Bay while the Coral Sea’s five crew were picked by the fishing vessel Time Bandit.

The Time Bandit is the same one frequently seen on the ‘Deadliest Catch’ television show.

No injuries were reported among any of the eight rescued crewmembers.

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Matt Miller is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.