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Fishing vessel runs aground in Unalaska, pulled free by F/V Amatuli

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Maggie Nelson
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KUCB
The Kevleen K was pulled off the rocks by the Amatuli around 11 a.m. Saturday.

A fishing vessel ran aground in Unalaska Saturday morning. It was en route to offload crab at local processing plant Westward Seafoods.

The 92-foot Kevleen K – homeported in Seattle – hit rocks near Little South America just before 10 a.m., according to port officials. The boat was pulled off the rocks by the F/V Amatuli about an hour later.

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Hope McKenney
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KUCB
The Kevleen K is now docked at Westward Seafoods.

Why it ran aground is still unclear. Harbor Officer Vince Tutiakoff Jr. said ports responded to the scene for backup, but the U.S. Coast Guard is leading the investigation.

Unalaska Public Safety and the local fire department also responded.

The vessel is now docked at Westward, about a mile down Captains Bay Road. While they couldn’t provide much detail about the incident, Coast Guard officials said the crew is complying with the investigation.

They didn’t say if any permanent damage was reported.

This is a developing story.

Hailing from Southwest Washington, Maggie moved to Unalaska in 2019. She's dabbled in independent print journalism in Oregon and completed her Master of Arts in English Studies at Western Washington University — where she also taught Rhetoric and Composition courses.
Hope McKenney reported for KUCB from 2019 until 2022. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2021.
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