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Resolve Pioneer Bound For Unalaska With Coast Guard Escort

Courtesy of Marine Exchange Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard is escorting a vessel back to Unalaska after it lost use of an engine last week.

The Resolve Pioneer was returning from Asia when it hit a snag in the western Pacific Ocean, somewhere southwest of Attu.

“We think there might be some fishing line or a net wrapped around one of the propellers,” said John O’Grady of Resolve Magone Marine, the salvage and rescue company that owns the vessel.

“It’s been slowed down and we’re running on one main engine instead of two, just as a precaution,” he said. “But there’s no danger. There’s no emergency. Basically, it’s all good.”

The tug is expected to reach the island in the next week or so, along with the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman.

Once they’re back, O’Grady said a dive team will cut away the snagged line and the Resolve Pioneer will resume its place in response, salvage, and towing operations.

He said the vessel will be “ready to go” after months of maintenance in Asia.

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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