ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized an illegal fishing vessel, infested with rats, from an unknown country that was caught illegally drift netting in high seas 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak.
An official with Customs and Border Protection identified the fishing vessel as the "Bangun Perkasa." Its country of origin is not clear.
The Coast Guard cutter "Midgett," is escorting the boat to Dutch Harbor, but because of the rats the boat will be anchored a few miles away from the island. As of 4:30 a.m. Friday morning the fishing vessel and Coast Guard cutter were 29 miles north of Adak. The Coast Guard expected the vessel to anchor near Dutch Harbor sometime Friday or Saturday.
The Coast Guard says it is working in conjunction with Customs and Border Protection, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Fisheries Council on this case.