Coast Guard responds to reported mutiny on fishing boat

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The skipper of a fishing vessel was arrested after he reported being held at gunpoint by his crew, Alaska State Troopers said.

Joseph Kuzmin, 27, skipper of the vessel Hunter called the Coast Guard Wednesday evening, saying he was being forced to return to Kodiak, troopers said. Troopers took a boat to meet the Hunter in the Kupreanof Straits, spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

Crew members told troopers that Kuzmin had poked them with scissors, threatened them with screwdrivers and knives and ... handled his guns quite a bit while threatening them,'' Wilkinson said.

The crew had been fishing with Kuzmin for about two weeks when, fearing for their safety, two of them tackled the skipper, Wilkinson said.

Kuzmin told troopers the crew forced him to drink beer at gunpoint while he drove the boat, Wilkinson said.

Troopers seized three firearms and arrested Kuzmin on charges of misconduct involving a deadly weapon, drunken driving, refusal to submit to a chemical test and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

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