2 rescued, 5 missing after crab boat sinks in Gulf of Alaska

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DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska -- Two people were rescued from a life raft and five others were missing after a crab boat sank in the Gulf of Alaska.

According to the US Coast Guard, the F/V Scandies Rose sank on Tuesday. The crew sent out a mayday from the 130-foot vessel around 10 p.m.

The Coast Guard used a helicopter and plane to search for the crab boat. Its last known location was near Sutwik Island, Alaska, about 170 miles southwest of Air Station Kodiak.

Two survivors from the boat were airlifted to safety after being found on a life raft, officials say they are in stable condition.

Officials with Providence Health and Services Alaska say one of the victims has been treated and released.

Five others remained missing on Wednesday, the Coast Guard said. Rescuers continue to search a 300-square mile area for the others.

 

Winds were blowing over 40 mph causing 15 to 20-foot waves and low visibility, the Coast Guard said.

The vessel's home port is Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It is managed by a Seattle-based company and seasonally works with a Seattle-based seafood wholesaler.

The Coast Guard suspended the search at 6:08 pm Wednesday.

"Our deepest condolences to the friends and families impacted by this tragedy," said Rear Adm. Matthew Bell, 17th District Commander of the Coast Guard.

Crews searched for more than 20 hours, covering 1,400 square miles.

 

Crabbing is considered to be a very dangerous occupation. Seattle-based crab boat Destination sank in the Bering Sea in February of 2017. All six crew members were lost.

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