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Coast Guard fines boat owners for safety violations

Posted: Friday, May 05, 2000

UNALASKA (AP) -- The owners of a Seattle-based fishing vessel have been fined $9,100 for creating a dangerous situation at Dutch Harbor earlier this year, the Coast Guard said Friday.

In January the F.V. Enterprise, a 112-foot stern trawler, tied up alongside the Korean freighter Dhara at Captain's Bay to unload fish.

Coast Guard officials said the Enterprise's crew then disabled the vessel's engines to do some maintenance work without notifying the Coast Guard or the Dhara.

A storm came up and the Dhara's skipper noticed his ship was dragging anchor and might run aground. The Enterprise couldn't move away from the Dhara because its engines weren't fixed.

A tug found on short notice was able to keep the Dhara from dragging toward shore, the Coast Guard said.

An investigation determined that the Enterprise's skipper was negligent for not informing the Coast Guard that his vessel was tied up to a vessel at anchor and that its engine was disabled.

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