Five crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

5 people missing, 2 rescued after crab boat sinks off Alaska coast

Coast Guard searching for 5 missing crew members after Alaskan crab boat sinks

A search is underway for five crew members of crabbing boat F/V Scandies Rose, which sank Tuesday night south of Sutwik Island, west of Kodiak.

"We were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of the Scandies Rose and ask for prayers for their Captain and crew and for the Coast Guard team who continues to search for the missing crew members", they wrote on Twitter.

Gribble and John Lawler were the only survivors, according to the coast guard.

The 130-foot crab fishing vessel, called Scandies Rose, is now operating out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and is managed by a Seattle-based company. Two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor sank on New Year's Eve. Its last known location was about 170 miles (270 km) southwest of Kodiak, the Coast Guard said. Immersion suits, which provide a bit of flotation and can help keep someone awaiting rescue warm, are critical for people who will be in water for longer periods, Case said.

McKenzie said she didn't know what time the two crew members were found, or what their condition is.

"I'm just praying and hoping they find him on land or something", Boggs told The Associated Press on Thursday and revealed that she and Rainey were planning to get married when he returned.

The search for other survivors was suspended Wednesday night, after 20 hours.

Crab boats undergo unsafe conditions in the waters of Alaska that have been immortalized in "Deadliest Catch".

Commercial fishing is one of the country's most risky occupations, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

From 2010 to 2014, there were 66 shipping disasters in Alaskan waters, including sinkings and fires, killing 15 people, the agency said.

McKenzie said the Coast Guard still doesn't know why the vessel went down. Leading causes of fatal disasters were instability and being hit by large waves, it said.

In 2017, six people died after the vessel Destination capsized and sank in the Bering Sea.

Different fisheries have different risks, said Samantha Case, an epidemiologist in the agency's Commercial Fishing Research Program. The ship had sent a mayday call.

Forty miles per hour winds had caused treacherous sailing conditions last evening, including 15- to 20-foot waves and reduced visibility.

She said the air temperature was about 10 degrees. The vessel works seasonally with a Seattle-based seafood company, Q13 reported. "It's quite a life, but it's a labor of love and fear and respect for the world around you".

He said on the right boat that a fisherman could earn $ 150,000 a year. "It's all-consuming", Otness said.

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