Fishing operations resume at Alaska dock hit by explosion

WHITTIER, Alaska — Ships are returning with their catch to an Alaska city where an explosion and dock fire temporarily halted much of its commercial fishing industry.KTVA-TV reported Monday that investigators are still seeking the cause of the July 7 explosion on the Delong Dock in Whittier.The City of Whittier declared a state of emergency following the explosion on the fishing vessel Alaganik.The U.S. Coast Guard rescued one person but eventually suspended its search for a 49-year-old man.City Manager Jim Hunt says the dock’s fishing operations are back to “about 95%, almost 100%.”Hunt says a salvage company has been hired to raise the Alaganik within the next two weeks.Coast Guard officials were scheduled to meet in Anchorage Monday with agencies that responded to the explosion.___Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.comThe Associated Press

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