No sign of abandoned trawler Alaska Juris in Bering Sea recovery effort

360x255_q75A tug is searching an area of the Bering Sea for an abandoned fishing vessel, which was still afloat Tuesday after its crew of 46 abandoned ship, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said the 229-foot Alaska Juris hasn’t been seen by crew members of the tug Resolve Pioneer, which was contracted to retrieve the trawler.  The tugboat reached the area, about 150 miles northwest of Adak, on Thursday evening but found only poor weather conditions. “Obviously, due to the weather and the heavy fog, there wasn’t that much they could do,” Rios said. The Alaska Juris has been unoccupied since Tuesday morning, when crew members reported flooding in the vessel’s engine room, donned survival suits and departed the ship in a trio of life-rafts. Four merchant ships helped rescue the crew. Read the rest here 10:32

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