Equipment failure causes seiner to sink further

by Tony Gorman

The Coast Guard will have a harder time recovering a salmon seiner that capsized in the Prince William Sound last weekend.  On Thursday morning, an equipment failure during salvage operations caused the 36-foot Ice Maiden to completely sink to a depth of 180 ft.  Intermittent diesel sheen was spilled as a result.  Debris was also scattered over a three-mile corridor.  No injuries were reported from the latest incident.

The Seward-based vessel capsized Sunday afternoon while retrieving a net full of salmon.  The four-person crew was able to escape to a seine skiff before the incident occurred.  The crew was safely transported to Cordova by two Good Samaritan fishing vessels.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.


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