A helicopter crew from USCG Air Station Sitka hoists 19-year-old Ryan Harris from the blue fish tote in which he had drifted for over 24-hours. Harris was the deckhand aboard the 28-foot fishing vessel Kaitlin Rae, which sank suddenly off of Cape Edgecumbe the afternoon of Friday, September 7, 2012. Neither Harris nor his skipper, Stonie “Mac” Huffman had time to get out a mayday call. Huffan found a survival suit in the debris and managed to climb into it. He was picked up from the beach on Pt. Amelia about 10 miles from where the Kaitlin Rae sank. Harris, in his tote-turned-lifeboat, was spotted by another fishing vessel a few more miles to the north near Eagle Rock.
The herring spawn is in full swing in Sitka Sound. According to Alaska Department Fish and Game Biologist Dave Gordon, 29 nautical miles of active spawn were recorded today (Wed 4-1-15) and 32 miles on Tuesday. Gordon said that Sitka Sound is likely at the peak of it’s spawn volume, with a possible secondary spawn expected around mid-April. more
A large, smelly fuel spill in Crescent Harbor caught the attention of passersby yesterday evening. But the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment, which is responsible for investigating fuel spills, have not been able to determine it’s origins. more