3 rescued, 2 still missing after fishing vessel sinks near Dutch Harbor

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and four good Samaritan crews responded to the sinking of fishing vessel Exito after it began taking on water 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday evening. Three of the vessel’s five crewmembers were located by the good Samaritan crew of the Afognac Strait. The crewmembers were brought on board the vessel and are being transferred to Dutch Harbor. The Jayhawk aircrew and good Samaritan crews on the commercial fishing vessels Commitment, Blue North and Northern Lead continue to search for the remaining two crewmembers of the Exito. The crewmembers brought on board the Afognak Strait reported that one of the remaining crewmembers had put on immersion suit and was last seen preparing to abandon ship. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a phone call at 9:38 p.m., Tuesday, from the owner of the Exito reporting that the vessel was taking on water and the crew was preparing to abandon ship. Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders diverted Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and requested the launch of the Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk. Link 15:37 About F/V Exito

F/V Afognak Strait – Longliner- Alaskan limit boat for Kevin O’Leary and his vessel partner, Walter Sargent.

This sure is a lot of boat for a 58 footer! She’s laid out like a yacht! Beautiful pictures and video. FRED WAHL MARINE CONSTRUCTION, INC. sure know how to build ’em!

Designer: Fred Wahl Marine Construction, Inc. Builder: Fred Wahl Marine Construction, Inc NC Lofting: Elliot Bay & Fred Wahl Marine Construction, Inc. Construction Material: Steel
Length: 58′-0″ Breadth: 26′-0″ Depth: 12′-8″ Draft: 13′-0″ Aft Deck Area: 32’x26’Fish Hold #1: 2,210 cu.ft. Fish Hold #2: 1,120 cu.ft. Bait Holds #1 &2: 330 cu.ft. each. Fuel: 9,450 gal. Fresh Water:1,735 gal. Hydraulic Oil: 338 gal.
Main Engine: Cummins Qsk19 660HP Reduction Gear: ZF 2450 Gear 5.5:1 Propeller: 4-Blade bronze Auxiliaries: (2ea) JD Load Master 175kw (1ea) JD Load Master 55kw Accomodations: Staterooms: 1-4 berth, 1-2 berth Head with saltwater flush Galley w/mess area Wheelhouse stateroom w/sink.

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