Coast Guard rescues 3 after fish boat ammonia leak

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Coast Guard says it has medevaced three crew members from a Bering Sea fishing vessel that reported an ammonia leak.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant Devuyst (De VOYCE) said the trio from the 218-foot catcher-processor Alaska Juris are reported in good condition Thursday evening. He did not know their symptoms. He said a Coast Guard helicopter was flying them to Cold Bay and a commercial medevac would fly them to Anchorage.

The spokesman says no one else required evacuation. There were 49 people aboard the vessel.

The Alaska Juris reported the ammonia leak at mid-day Thursday.

The Coast Guard had no details about the amount or cause of the spill but said by late Thursday crew members were able to go back inside the vessel and the Seattle-based ship was headed back to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The vessel was about 80 miles north of Cold Bay when it requested help.