Coast Guard, fishing boat aiding vessel with severe icing

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fishing boat that sustained severe icing in the Gulf of Alaska was being escorted by a Coast Guard cutter to Ketchikan Friday night.

Earlier, Coast Guard crewmembers boarded the 86-foot fishing vessel Miss Leona, homeported in Bellingham, Wash.

The vessel had been battling 25-foot seas, 40 mph winds and snow showers in the Gulf of Alaska since Thursday night. It was in danger of sinking, due to the buildup of ice on the vessel.

The vessel was about 700 miles from its Southeast Alaska destination Friday night, Lt. j.g. Michele Schallip said.

The Coast Guard also was keeping an eye on another vessel in the area, the Windjammer, which also sustained severe icing. But Coast Guard officials said that boat was no longer in immediate danger.

Schallip said another Coast Guard cutter was following the Windjammer to ensure it reached its destination at Sand Point in the Aleutian Islands.

The Miss Leona also had been headed to Sand Point before it ran into trouble.

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