Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Crewman

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Munro and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter continue to search for one missing individual from the Fishing Vessel Alaska Ranger.

Coast Guard Cutter Munro remains on scene searching for the one missing individual from the Fishing Vessel Alaska Ranger. The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from St. Paul searched until dark and will recommence search at first light tomorrow morning.

The fishing vessel Alaska Warrior will arrive this evening in Dutch Harbor with twenty-two survivors and three deceased from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger. Twenty survivors and one deceased from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger remain on the Coast Guard Cutter Munro.

“This is one of the largest search and rescues cases in our recent history with 42 survivors saved from the frigid waters of Alaska (10 foot seas, 25 knots of wind with periods of winds of 35 knots, and sea temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees and air temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees) and included gallant efforts by Coast Guard crews on scene, including a Coast Guard rescue swimmer remaining in a raft for hours so as to allow more room in the helicopter for survivors suffering from hypothermia to reach critical care on board Coast Guard Cutter Munro,” said Captain Mike Inman, Chief of Response for the Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska.

“When we got on scene there was a spread, at least a mile long, of 13 survivors in gumby suits with strobe lights,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class O’Brien Hollow, rescue swimmer, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak on board the MH-60 Jayhawk, “I went down without disconnecting from the helicopter and picked them up one at a time.”

Four fishermen died and one remains missing, including reports that one man may have sustained life threatening injuries during the rescue effort. “A thorough review of this case will be conducted and our sympathies are with all the family members involved in this dramatic incident,” said Captain Inman.

Release of the names of Alaska Ranger crewmembers is being conducted by the owner of the vessel, Alaska Fish Company located in Seattle.

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