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Family members shown video of sunken fishing vessel in which all 15 on board died

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Coast Guard on Monday showed family members the first murky underwater video of the Arctic Rose, a fishing vessel that sank in the Bering Sea and killed all 15 aboard.

The footage opened with a July 18 memorial service at sea above the site where the wreckage had been located. There were then 12 minutes of images captured by a deep sea camera, showing the fishing vessel sitting upright 428 feet below the surface.

''It was pretty emotional,'' said David W. Rundall, of Seattle, whose son was the skipper.

In an interview with KIRO-TV he said, ''It doesn't seem like that could happen, that a boat could go straight to the bottom and be sitting on a keel, perfectly straight.''

The body of David E. Rundall, 34, was the only one recovered after the boat sank April 2.

''They were kind of stunned,'' said Capt. Ron Morris, chairman of the Coast Guard board investigating the sinking. ''They were grateful they were given the opportunity to see this first.''

The underwater investigation ended temporarily when the cable controlling the camera became snarled in lines floating from the sunken craft. Investigators were unable to take video pictures of the hull, stern, propeller or rudder. They said they hope to try a second time with a new camera.

The Arctic Rose sank suddenly, with no distress signal.

It was the worst fishing disaster in Alaska waters since 1982, when the Japanese trawler Akebono Maru capsized 50 miles north of Adak, killing 32 people.

The Artic Rose sank about 775 miles southwest of Anchorage.



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