Good Samaritans rescue three from sinking vessel

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Three fishermen are safe after Good Samaritans pulled them from a sinking vessel about 50 miles southeast of Yakutat on Monday night.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the 70-foot Evelyn S flooded and began sinking in 8-to-10-foot seas.

Coast Guard rescue coordinators in Juneau received a distress signal at 8:05 p.m. A C-130 aircraft crew from Kodiak arrived on scene at 8:47 p.m. and a Sitka-basked helicopter crew arrived at 10:10 p.m. They found the crew signaling for help with flares and a strobe light.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew lowered a VHF-FM radio to crew members, who said the vessel suffered electrical power loss and engine room flooding and that they wanted to abandon ship.

The fishing vessel Gandil of Cordova was directed to the scene and rescued skipper Amado Shuck and two unidentified, uninjured crew members.

The Evelyn S carried about 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel.

A Coast Guard C-130 flew over the area Tuesday and found no debris or oil sheen. A spokesman said the vessel was presumed sunk.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said the vessel was recently purchased in Alaska and was in transit to its new home port in Gig Harbor, Wash.

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