The new fishing vessel Katmai departed Mobile, Alabama on Febuary 18, 1972. The Katmai was brand new from the Bender Ship Building yard and was heading for a long trip to its new home port at Anchorage, Alaska. On board was Captain Joos and a deckhand along with the Captain’s wife and eight-year old child. After it left port, the vessel was never sighted again. When it failed to arrive at the Panama Canal, it was presumed the vessel had sunk somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forty years later, the research vessel Falkor discovered an unknown sonar contact. The vessel sent down its ROV to investigate and found the sunken Katmai in 8,920 feet of water some 200 miles off the shore of Alabama. A short investigation failed to provide any clues to why the vessel sank with all hands.
The 18 meter long towboat Martha T went aground in the Horn Island Pass near Petit Bois Island, Alabama. The Martha T was pushing two empty barges when it went aground. No reports of injuries to the 5 crew men on board and no pollution was released. The Coast Guard responded to the scene and delivered a dewatering pump to control any flooding. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 52 meter long, 945 dwt survey vessel Seaprobe sank in the Gulf of Mexico near Mobile, Alabama. The vessel suffered uncontrolled water ingress and a distress call was sent out. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene. All 12 crew were rescued with several survivors suffering only minor injuries. No further details reported.