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News Release

June 17, 2012

Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Contact: Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office


Office: (907) 463-2065

Multimedia Release: Coast Guard saves fishermen from sinking vessel west of Kodiak

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KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the fishing vessel Scandia remove the survival suits that kept them warm while awaiting rescue from the Coast Guard June 17, 2012. Survival suit, life rafts and life jackets are essential for safety while operating out in the open ocean. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.   KODIAK, Alaska – A fisherman embraces a Coast Guard helicopter crewman after being rescued from their sinking vessel, the Scandia, June 17, 2012. The fishermen were forced to abandon ship when they were unable to keep up with the amount of water flooding into their vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued five crewmembers from a sinking fishing vessel more than 70 miles west of Kodiak, Sunday.

The Coast Guard received a call at 11:35 a.m. that the 58-foot fishing vessel Scandia was taking on water and the crew was unable to keep up with the rate of flooding. As a result, the crew donned survival suits, deployed a 17-foot skiff and abandoned ship.

All five crewmembers of the Scandia were hoisted from the skiff at 1:23 p.m. and safely delivered to Air Station Kodiak. There were no injuries or medical concerns reported by the crew.

“The crew of the Scandia was well prepared by having essential safety gear aboard,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael McCandless, Sector Anchorage command center watchstander. “Having survival suits, a life raft and a skiff available was vital to their survival until the Coast Guard could get on scene.”

The fishing vessel was reportedly carrying 1,200 gallons of diesel and 80 gallons of lube oil, however, there have been no reports of pollution at this time.

The vessel remains partially submerged more than 70 miles west of Kodiak. The Coast Guard is conducting radio broadcasts encouraging all boaters the keep a sharp lookout and use caution while transiting the area.

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