Alaska Juris sinking to be investigated by Coast Guard

A still image from video of the Alaska Juris sinking released by the U.S. Coast Guard.
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A public Formal Marine Investigation will take place next week in Seattle to look into the sinking of the fishing vessel Alaska Juris in July.

The formal investigation is being held by the Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander. It will begin Monday, Dec. 5, at 12:30 p.m. at the Henry Jackson Federal Building in Seattle. It will last until 4:30 p.m. and is expected to continue through Friday, December 16.

The Alaska Juris, a 220-foot-long factory trawler, went down in the Bering Sea nearly 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor. It started taking on water on July 26. Forty six crew members and fishery observers were rescued from life rafts by Good Samaritan vessels.

The boat was owned by The Fishing Company of Alaska, based in Renton, Washington.

After their rescue, the crew was transported to Adak, which has a permanent population of about 80 people. The crew members arrived without shoes, and overflowed the town's cafe, which only seats about 15 people.

The Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and The Fishing Company of Alaska had assembled a search team to try to locate the vessel, but it was not found. Its last known location was about 41 miles northeast of Segula Island on the Aleutian chain.

The search was called off on July 30, and it was presumed that the boat sank in about 5,400 feet of water, according to the Unified Command established by the three searching entities.