Capsized vessel floated from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A capsized fishing vessel floated nearly 400 miles along the Southeast Alaska coast in less than two months, the Coast Guard said Friday.

The crew of the cruise ship Regal Princess spotted the 38-foot vessel on Thursday about 18 miles south of Yakutat.

The Coast Guard rushed two aircraft to the scene to hunt for the vessel's crew, but a rescue swimmer identified the capsized boat as the Traveler II, which sank April 30, said Petty Officer Roger Wetherell.

The Traveler II went down in Dixon Entrance, near Alaska's southern border, and drifted nearly 400 miles over time.

The Traveler II's passengers were rescued just after the sinking.

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