Five member crew survive on water

Photo credit to US Coast Guard.

Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Coast Guard and Alaska State Trooper boat crews, as well as the crew of a good Samaritan vessel, rescued five fishermen after their vessel sunk near Black Island,

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a distress call over VHF channel 16 from an operator of the fishing vessel Daffnie.  They stated the vessel had capsized and sunk and all five people on board had abandoned ship into a skiff.

They provide coordinates of the skill and noted there was only one life jacket available.

The crew also had only one handheld radio, one survival suit and were holding onto their seine net.

The Coast Guard sent a 45-foot fast response boat-medium from Ketchikan and Alaska State Troopers also responded with a boat crew.

An Alaska State wildlife trooper arrived shortly after noon and confirmed the location of the skiff. The RB-M boat crew and good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Lovie Joann arrived within the following 10 minutes.

The master of the Daffnie stayed on scene aboard the skiff to retrieve the net with the assistance of the Lovie Joann crew. The RB-M crew transferred the other four people to their boat, recovered a life raft and EPIRB, and returned them all to Ketchikan.

The Daffine, a 49-foot commercial fishing vessel, sunk in approximately 500-foot deep water with a max potential of 400 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

The RB-M crew reported a sheen visible while on scene, pollution and potential salvage response pending further investigation by Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel.

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