Families file lawsuit in clam digger deaths

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A seafood company is being accused in a lawsuit of failing to provide gear and training for five clam diggers killed last year in a boating accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/SH4uCB ) says it accuses Pacific Seafood with failing to train the men to pilot their aluminum skiff and provide survival suits and two-way radios.

The men were recruited to harvest razor clams at beaches on the west side of Cook Inlet. The lawsuit says none of them were taught water-safety rules, emergency life-saving lessons or how many pounds of clams to safely carry in the skiff.

Oregon-based Pacific Seafood Group, which owns Pacific Alaska Shellfish, had no comment Monday on the lawsuit.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com