Fishing crew receives Carnegie Hero award for sea rescue

According to the award citation, on Jan. 25, 2012, a 67-foot fishing vessel, the Heritage, became disabled in a severe storm while crossing Alitak Bay off Kodiak Island. The ship’s engine compartment flooded, and the vessel capsized and sank, sending its seven-person crew into frigid waters four miles from the closest shore. Five members of the crew were able to board a life raft. Hearing a radio distress call, Plancich, captain of the 101-foot commercial fishing vessel Tuxedni, alerted his crew. Despite darkness and winds gusting up to 75 mph, the Tuxedni set out to help. Read the rest here 12:32