Fishing crews safe after two boats sink near King Cove

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Five fishermen were safe after being rescued from two sinking vessels Monday morning in unrelated incidents near King Cove.

The fishing vessel Tradewind sent out an emergency signal shortly after midnight, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said it was getting ready to send help when it learned the 58-foot vessel sank about 35 miles south of King Cove. The fishing vessel Temptation recovered all three crewmen from a liferaft. The men were all in good condition.

The second incident occurred about 4 a.m. when the fishing vessel Contentment apparently struck a rock and began taking on water about 40 miles south of King Cove.

The Coast Guard said it dispatched a C-130 plane and Jayhawk helicopter to the 35-foot boat. Before rescuers arrived, the fishing vessel Coastal Pilot recovered the two crew members on board the Contentment.

Coast Guard investigators were looking into both incidents.

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