Fishing operations resume at Alaska dock hit by explosion

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    WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) — 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 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 said the dock's fishing operations are back to "about 95%, almost 100%."

    Hunt said 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.

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