Coast Guard halts fishing vessel ferrying cannery workers

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard ordered a fishing vessel to port Wednesday after determining it was operating in an unsafe manner by having too many people on board.

The Coast Guard issued the suspension of operation order to the Lady Lee Dawn, which had ferried cannery workers from Cold Bay to King Cove after inclement weather canceled flights.

A Marine Safety Office inspector in the area to conduct safety inspections on crab boats stopped the vessel when he counted 30 people on board.

The Lady Lee Dawn usually operates with a crew of three to four.

According to the Coast Guard, the 58-foot vessel was grossly overloaded to the point of having the freeing ports nearly awash. The extra people also made access to survival gear a concern.

The Coast Guard issued an order to cease ferrying operations but allowed the vessel to return to normal business as long as it did not transport people other than the crew.

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