Explosion sinks boat at Whittier; 2 people missing

    Photo credit to US Coast Guard.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An explosion rocked a fishing boat tied up in Whittier and two people on board are missing.

    The Anchorage Daily News reported the Coast Guard is searching for the missing people with a Jayhawk helicopter.

    The Coast Guard said a propane tank at around midnight Sunday exploded on a 99-foot (30-meter) fishing vessel at the Delong Dock, which is operated by the Alaska Railroad.

    Petty Officer Amanda Norcross said says a railroad security officer called in the report.

    The boat had a 5,500-gallon (20,820-liter) fuel capacity and it sank at the dock.

    Norcross said a Coast Guard cutter has established a 1,000-yard (914-meter) safety zone around the sunken boat.

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