October 23, 2008

4 Survive When Fishing Boat Sinks

Four survivors from a fishing boat lost in the northern Pacific were found Wednesday but three crew mates died and four were missing, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The survivors of the missing 93-foot commercial fishing boat Katmai were reported in good condition after being rescued from their life raft by a Coast Guard helicopter about 4:30 p.m., the Anchorage Daily News reported. The Coast Guard said the boat likely sank early Wednesday about 100 miles west of Adak in the Aleutian chain, the newspaper said.

One dead fisherman was found in a survival suit by a Coast Guard helicopter about 1 p.m. Two other fishing boats found the second and third bodies about 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard reported first getting a radio distress signal about 1 a.m. Conditions were stormy at the time and the water temperature was 43 degrees. The Coast Guard received an e-mail from another boat that the Katmai had lost its steering and was taking on water.

Rescue crews who arrived at the scene about 6 a.m. found a partially deflated life raft, a survival suit and emergency lighting equipment.