One dead, one rescued after shrimp boat capsizes

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2001

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A man died and his wife was hospitalized with hypothermia after their 42-foot shrimp boat capsized, Coast Guard officers said.

Personnel from two other fishboats, the Nina Fay from Wrangell and the Rio Grande from Ketchikan, helped rescue the woman after hearing a mayday from the Ocean Sunrise, based in Ketchikan, Lt. Stacie Fain said.

The skipper of the Ocean Sunrise said early Sunday that the boat was taking on water and that he and his wife had to abandon ship in Cholmondeley Sound, about 19 miles from Ketchikan. The couple are believed to be from Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said.

Crew members from the Nina Fay pulled the woman from the water and treated her for hypothermia and shock, then found the skipper and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation but could not revive him.

Coast Guard personnel in a rescue boat took over the CPR effort but also were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead, Fain said.

The skipper's wife was taken by helicopter to Ketchikan for transfer to a hospital by ambulance.

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