National Fisherman

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The skipper of a fishing vessel was arrested Tuesday in Kodiak, after Alaska State Troopers say he drunkenly assaulted his deckhands and made three crew members decide to abandon ship.

According to a Wednesday AST dispatch, Nevada man Michael A. Clemens, 56, is accused of assaulting the two deckhands, both 22-year-old Pennsylvania men, Monday night about 10 miles southeast of Kodiak.

"At the time of the assault the vessel was commercial fishing in the waters off of Cape Chiniak," troopers wrote. "Clemens was reportedly highly intoxicated. The two victims and a third crew member escaped by taking the seine skiff to Kodiak."

Troopers were informed of the assault at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, catching up with Clemens just before 11 a.m. at the St. Paul boat harbor to arrest him on two counts of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault and one count of operating under the influence.

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