In the news: Crewman dies after fishing vessel sinks

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

JUNEAU (AP) — A crewman died after a fishing vessel sank south of Sitka, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard received an alert Friday evening from the 38-foot fishing vessel Tania Dee, which hit stormy seas on the southern tip of Baranof Island.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and sent out a Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka.

The crew arrived within 25 minutes and found an unoccupied raft, debris field and oil slick. Twenty minutes later the crew spotted two men in the water. Both were wearing survival suits.

The fishing vessel Christina, whose crew responded to the emergency broadcast, was on scene and able to get one of the men out of the water. A rescue swimmer aboard the Jayhawk re-trieved the second man

The Jayhawk crew transported the unconscious man to Sitka, performing CPR along the way. The man was later declared dead at a Sitka hospital. The surviving crewman is reportedly in good condition.

The names of the men were not released.

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