Fish causes vessel to flood

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- A fish that got caught in a pump aboard a fishing vessel created a dangerous situation Thursday near Kodiak, according to the Coast Guard in Juneau.

The Coast Guard said it received a distress call at about 8 a.m. from the fishing vessel Legacy. The 134-foot boat was about 60 miles east of Kodiak when it reported that it was taking on water.

Two rescue helicopter crews and a C-130 aircrew were sent to the scene. Coast Guard crews hoisted pumps to the vessel, which controlled the flooding, said Coast Guard spokesman Russ Tippets.

The flooding was caused by a fish that clogged one of the vessel's pumps, he said.

None of the 25 people aboard the fishing vessel was injured. The boat also was not damaged and was allowed to continue on its way.

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