Kodiak Daily Mirror - Scandia sinks all crew safe
Scandia sinks; all crew safe
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Jun 18, 2012 | 435 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter Crew rescues five crew members from their sinking fishing vessel June 17, 2012. The fishermen donned survival suits and deployed a 17-foot skiff to keep themselves safe until the Coast Guard arrived on scene. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.
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The five-man crew of the fishing vessel Scandia is safe today after their 56-foot boat sank in the Shelikof Strait at midday Sunday.

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.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiak

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