Authorities work to remove crew from seized vessel

AP News
Posted: Oct 03, 2011 5:06 PM
Authorities work to remove crew from seized vessel

Authorities are working to remove the 22 crew members from a fishing vessel that was seized off the Alaska coast after being accused of illegal fishing.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis says federal authorities are in Dutch Harbor to meet with the crew, determine their countries of origin and begin the process of returning them to their home countries. She says the goal is to have the crew removed Monday but says there are high winds and seas in the area.

The Coast Guard seized the rat-infested Bangun Perkasa Sept. 7, about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak, after a report that the ship was fishing illegally with a drift net. Authorities found 30 tons of squid and 30 shark carcasses on board.

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The vessel was brought three miles off Dutch Harbor on Sunday, but logistics delayed removing the crew earlier.