Tender capsizes near Sitka; crew rescued

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Two crewmen were pulled from the water Friday by another fishing boat after their 80-foot fishing tender capsized south of Sitka, the Coast Guard reported.

Mark Wade, captain of the Revenge II, and his unidentified crewman were in their survival suits when they were rescued about 1 p.m. Wade is from Washington state.

The boat was still afloat, bottom up, when a Coast Guard aircraft flew over about 4:30 p.m. Friday, said Chief Warrant Officer Dan Pack of the Coast Guard marine safety office in Sitka.

A sheen about a mile long and 2,000 feet wide extended southward, toward the open sea, from the vessel, he said. The boat had about 1,500 gallons of diesel aboard, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The vessel overturned about 2 1/2 miles offshore from Cape Ommaney, about 70 miles south of Sitka.

Another overflight was planned for Saturday morning, Pack said, and officials will decide then if any further action is needed. He was planning to interview the crew early Saturday, when they reached Sitka.

The DEC said seas in the area were about eight feet when the craft overturned. Winds were expected to increase to 40 knots Friday night and seas to 12 feet Friday night.

The owner reported the vessel took a wave over the stern and that may have broken a seam, the DEC said.

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