Posted on January 03, 2020 by Ilias Kiritsis

A number of seafarers have gone missing after the fishing vessel they were on, sank while transiting off the coast of Alaska.

The incident occurred in the evening of December the 31st while the vessel was en-route to Dutch Harbour near the island of Sutwik.

At approximately 2200 hours LT, the Coast Guard Communications Detachment Kodiak received a distress call from the fishing vessel, SCANDIES ROSE and forwarded the message to the Search & Rescue Coordination Centre.

A rescue mission was immediately launched from the Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, which included four MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopters and two HC-130 Hercules airplanes.

The Jayhawk helicopters quickly arrived at the scene, and managed to locate and successfully rescue two out of the seven missing seafarers which were found onboard a life raft.

Unfortunately, the vessel's second life raft was found empty, and there was no sign of the missing crew members.

The Coast Guard Cutter, Mellon diverted its course and assisted in the search, but due to the adverse weather conditions in the area, namely 40mph winds and 15 to 20-foot seas, met with limited success.

The search for the remaining seafarers was officially suspended on the evening of January the 1st, 20 hours after its initial start.

Posted in Safety , Search & Rescue , Alaska , United States , Missing

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