Tragic Explosion and Fire at Whittier Dock in PWS; Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Person
An apparant propane tank explosion on a barge in Whittier resulted in a fire that spread across the pier and engulfed the 99-foot F/V Alganik. A Cordova man on that vessel remains missing. The Coast Guard called off and air and sea search late yesterday.
The explosion occured around midnight Sunday night. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders heard the phrase “Whittier fire, Whittier fire,” over VHF Channel 16 shortly after midnight and contacted Whittier dispatchers, who confirmed the fire at the dock...
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