According to the Coast Guard, the crew of the Scandia sent out a mayday at 11:35 a.m., saying their boat was taking on water and they were unable to keep up with the flooding.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft. The Scandia was about 70 miles west of Air Station Kodiak, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg, spokesman for the Coast Guard.
“The reports were that they were taking in water toward the aft,” Klingenberg said. No other information was available on the cause of the sinking.
As the Coast Guard responded, the Scandia’s crew abandoned ship.
“They had a 17-foot skiff onboard that they launched, they donned their survival gear and abandoned ship,” Klingenberg said.
Weather conditions were clear with brisk winds, and the helicopter lifted the Scandia’s crew from the skiff at 1:23 p.m. without incident, Klingenberg said. The five men were delivered to Air Station Kodiak unharmed, and at last report none of the boat’s 1,200 gallons of diesel had leaked into the sea.
The Scandia was a wooden seiner based in Kodiak and built in 1950. According to the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, the Scandia’s owner is Luke Anderson. Anderson did not respond to phone messages by press time.
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