On Sunday, 20th of October, watchstanders of USCG obtained an EPIRB alert and a personal locator beacon alert urging callouts to the fishing ship and the launch of the aircraft of USCG, based in Kodiak.
“The assistance of good Samaritans like the crew of the Aleutian Beauty is vital to saving lives in Alaska where we are regularly faced with harsh conditions and vast distances,” said Lt. Colin Boyle, a search and rescue controller with the 17th District command center. “Preparedness is integral to survival and the Western Venture crew were proactive with their use of survival gear allowing them to stay alive until good Samaritans and our HC-130 Hercules airplane crew arrived on scene.”At the time of the distress call the weather condition was reported with good visibility and 22 miles per hours winds.
The vessel, Western Venture, which was dispatched by the Kodiak-based USCG is still afloat and emitting smoke from fire aboard the ship. There is information that a warning message had been issued to alert the mariners in the area for hazard to navigation. The cause of the fire will be investigated by the USCG Sector Anchorage staff and the vessel's owner is requested to provide information whether the ship's salvage operation is possible. The Western Venture vessel is reported to be loaded of 4,300 gallons of diesel and other oils. It is still unclear what was the exact quantity of fuel onboard the ship when fire occurred.