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February 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

CG rescues 3 after Seattle-based fishing vessel runs aground

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — Three crew members of a Seattle-based fishing vessel were rescued early Monday morning after their vessel ran aground on Umnak Island.

There were no reported injuries.

The Coast Guard says in a release it rescued the three with a helicopter after the 58-foot Neptune 1 lost an engine and drifted aground.

The crew donned survival suits and went ashore when they didn’t feel safe on the Neptune. They also activated location beacons. The Coast Guard reported weather conditions at the time as snowy, with winds 25-40 mph and 12-15 foot seas.

The Neptune 1 is now on its starboard side on the beach. There’s been no reported pollution even though there is fuel on board.

Umnak Island is in the Aleutian chain, about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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