Pollock Vessel Catches Fire; No Injuries Reported
A fire on board the fishing vessel Pacific Glacier, owned by Glacier Fish Co. in Seattle, was safely extinguished while fishing in the Bering Sea.
The fire that started Tuesday evening in the laundry room of the 276-foot pollock catcher-processor was brought under control and all 106 crewmembers, including two federal fisheries observers, are safe and accounted for. No injuries were reported.
The vessel was about 12 hours away from Dutch Harbor, Alaska. After a distress call was sent, the crew was moved to other vessels, including sister ship Northern Glacier.
The fire apparently started in the laundry room and damage is confined to that area. Smoke and steam lasted for many hours as the heat was brought under control.
While the economic damage is yet to be assessed, the vessel will be inoperable for the remainder of this winter fishing season, according to company officials. The vessel will eventually return to Seattle for repairs. No pollution was reported in the area.
In a press release, Glacier Fish acknowledged the professionalism and training of its crew and those of many other commercial fishing vessels who helped to safeguard the Pacific Glacier and its crew.