PETERSBURG-AK The vessel reportedly struck an ice berg, according to a US Coast Guard press release. The three people on board were rescued by a good-samaritan vessel.<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The distress call went out shortly after three in the morning Friday.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Emily Jane was on its way to deliver Taku river gillnet fish to Trident Seafoods in Petersburg when the accident occurred, according to Trident Plant Manager Dave Ohmer. Ohmer said the crew made it safely off the sinking tender and onto the fishing vessel Barbara, which was nearby and came to their assistance. <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Coast Guard says the state ferry Taku also responded to the incident. <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The site of the sinking is several hundred yards northwest of the entrance buoy for the Narrows. The top of the Emily Jane&rsquo;s rigging remained exposed above the surface of the water at low-tide Friday morning and the Coast Guard warned mariners to use extreme caution while transiting the area.&nbsp; <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A salvage vessel and several skiffs were on the scene Friday morning. Salvage operations were slated to commence Saturday, according to the coast guard which deployed its investigators to evaluate the situation with help from its locally-based cutter Elderberry.<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The coast guard reports the Emily Jane sank with approximately 800 gallons of diesel fuel on board and the owner of the vessel hired Alaska Commercial Divers to plug the fuel vents and boom off the vessel.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Meanwhile, a little ways down the Narrows, at least one large ice berg could be seen in front of Petersburg&rsquo;s South Harbor. Ice bergs periodically drift into the narrows from LeConte glacier, about 25 miles from Petersburg.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The area was partly cloudy with calm winds Friday.
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