Two rescued when fishing boat sinks west of Cape Ommaney

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Sitka fishermen were rescued when their fishing boat sank west of the southern tip of Baranof Island, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

The men called in a mayday about 5 p.m. Saturday to report the 40-foot Northern Dawn was taking on water and they were preparing to abandon ship. Boat captain David Emswiler and crewman Tony Tucker were the only people on board the vessel.

Coast Guard officials said the men gave their position and then communications was lost. Petty Officer Cory Cichoracki said that about an hour later, a Coast Guard helicopter rescued the men, who were on a life raft.

Both men were wearing survival suits.

Emswiler said Sunday the Northern Dawn was fishing for halibut when it sank about 18 miles west of Cape Ommaney.

Coast Guard officials said it's unclear why the boat sank.

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