One dead, one rescued after shrimp boat sinks

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A man died and his wife was hospitalized with hypothermia after their 42-foot shrimp boat sank in high seas, 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 couple is identified as Robert and Terisa Hanscom, both 50, of the Ketchikan area, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Robert Hanscom, owner of the Ocean Sunrise, radioed early Sunday that the boat was taking on water and he and his wife had to abandon ship in Cholmondeley Sound, about 19 miles from Ketchikan. Rescuers encountered 12- to 15-foot seas while trying to recover the couple, the coast guard said.

Crew members from the Nina Fay pulled Terisa from the water and treated her for hypothermia and shock. She had been in the water for about an hour, Alaska State Troopers said.

Robert was found and rescuers 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.

Terisa was taken by helicopter to Ketchikan for transfer to a hospital by ambulance. She was listed in good condition at Ketchikan General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

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