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Press Release | April 30, 2024

Coast Guard to hold townhall for Marine Casualty Investigation

What: The Coast Guard plans to host a townhall to present findings and recommendations from the investigation into the complete loss of the passenger vessel Awakin, which included the loss of five lives. 

When: Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Where: Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr., Sitka, Alaska, 99835. Information on the schedule, fact sheets, biographies, and future updates are available at:


SITKA, Alaska — On May 16, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harrigan Centennial Hall, the Coast Guard will hold a townhall to present findings from their investigation into the tragic loss of five lives aboard the passenger vessel Awakin, a casualty that occurred nearly one year ago (May 28, 2023) near Low Island in Sitka Sound. Members of the public are invited to join in person.  


Investigations of marine casualties and their findings are generally intended to promote the safety of life and property at sea. They are not intended to impose civil or criminal responsibility.   


In coordination with this townhall, the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Southeast Alaska will be conducting a safety campaign to encourage uninspected passenger vessels to obtain a voluntary exam under the Coast Guard Seventeenth District’s 5-Star Safety Program during the week of May 13, 2024. For more information on the program, please visit To schedule your exam, please contact Marine Safety Detachment Sitka at (907) 738-0280 or


For updates on the townhall, follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter) @USCGAlaska.