The 117 foot long fishing vessel Exito sank at the entrance of Unalaska Bay near Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The Exito had suffered water ingress while 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor in 8 foot seas and winds up to 35 miles per hour. The crew requested assistance with 4 nearby fishing vessels responding. The Coast Guard dispatched the Cutter Alex Haley along with a rescue helicopter from Kodiak to the scene.
The fishing vessel Afognak Strait was first to arrived on scene and rescued 3 of the 5 crew of the Exito. The three crew had abandoned ship together. The remaining two crew were last seen preparing to abandon ship, but are reported as missing. Reports state one of the missing crew had donned a survival suit, but it was unclear if they had escaped into a life raft.
A Coast Guard helicopter along with 3 fishing vessels (Commitment, Blue North and Northern Lead) continue to search the area for the two missing crew. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. The Exito had been transporting cargo between Dutch Harbor and Akutan on Akutan Island.