Story last updated at 1:31 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2002

Skipper cited for collision
Alaska Fish and Wildlife Troopers in Cordova last week cited Yakov Basargin, who skippers the Homer-based commercial fishing vessel Vostok, for colliding with another vessel and failing to render assistance or give his information to that boat's owner.

Fish and Wildlife Trooper Arlen Skaflestad said Basargin, who has been fishing out of Cordova for Copper River Flats salmon, was headed out for the May 27 opening at the time of the incident.

The owner of the Rainbird called troopers after his boat was hit while anchored near Point Whitshed. The starboard-to-starboard collision caught the Rainbird on the bow at around 4 a.m. Visibility at the time was approximately a quarter-mile.

Skaflestad estimated the damage to the Rainbird was $300-$500. There were no estimates of damage to the Vostok.

"Collisions happen more frequently than they're reported," said Skaflestad. "The difference in this case is that the operator of the Vostok didn't stop."

Basargin will be arraigned in Cordova on June 26.

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