Two still missing after trawler sinks in Bering Sea

Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard searched a 3,500-square-mile area Tuesday but didn't spot two Washington state men missing after a 110-foot trawler sank early Monday in heavy weather in the Bering Sea, officers said.

Two airplanes and a helicopter checked the area. The search was not suspended Tuesday, but hope was dwindling.

Three men were rescued when the fishing vessel Amber Dawn sank in 25- to 30-foot seas six miles north of Atka Island in the mid-Aleutians.

Coast Guard officials identified the missing men as Doug Rowe of Seaview, Wash., on the Long Beach Peninsula, and Roman Telak of the Seattle area.

Burton Parker, owner of the Amber Dawn, told the Coast Guard the two vessels had been battling the storm for nearly two days. They were heading toward sheltered water in the lee of Atka Island, 330 miles west of Dutch Harbor, when the crew on the Amber Dawn reported they were taking on water.

When the Amber Dawn began listing heavily, the crew of the Katie Ann radioed the Coast Guard. Minutes after that initial report, the Amber Dawn sank. That was shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Rain, snow and strong winds calmed some Tuesday, with seas down to four to six feet, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Keith Alholm.

It wasn't immediately known why the vessel went down, Alholm said, but the crew apparently were able to get into survival suits before it sank.

Three men were rescued by the Katie Ann. They were identified as Gary McCormick of Kodiak and Ralph Clarmount and Chester Panasewicz, both of Anchorage. The Katie Ann arrived in Adak Tuesday, and the survivors were being flown to Anchorage for interviews with investigators trying to determine why the vessel sank, Alholm said.

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