Early Friday morning at 3:45 a.m., the Arctic Hunter ran aground in Unalaska. The cause of the accident remains unknown as investigators search for clues. On November 1, 2013, a storm developed, with winds gusting from 50 to 65 mph. The weather was too rough for clean up, so they postponed it one day. According to Shipwreck Log, a salvage company was called to help refloat the boat. Tonight they begin pumping out the 12,000 gallons of fuel and hydraulic oil that the ship held.
The Arctic Hunter made it through the night without breaking apart. Mark Morrissey, Coast Guard chief warrant officer, said, "The hull has been breached to some extent. It is taking on some water.”
Yesterday, Dan Magone, of Resolve-Magone Marine Services, reported a light oil sheen on the water, but it remains unknown how much, if any, spilled.
The 93-foot crab boat just started to go fishing when it hit the rocks near the cliffs of Morris Cove. A distress call went out. Other boats, like the Bristol Mariner, responded, but none could get close to the Arctic Hunter except the Saga. Thanks to the quick thinking and superb boating skills of Captain Elliott Neese, he maneuvered his boat, Saga, to the sinking Arctic Hunter and he saved the 6 crew-members.
During last season of the "Deadliest Catch," Captain Elliott just bought the Saga. He had a trying year and at the end, he hated fishing. What a blessing to the crew of the Arctic Hunter, that Captain Elliott continued to fish.
Captain Elliott’s Facebook page reported that the Saga had filled their quota of King crab and were headed in to off load on October 29. Perfect timing Saga. The government shutdown cut the season short, but the Saga crew finished in time.