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Exito

Exito

Exito
Photo: mxak.org

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.

Exito
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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. 

Priest Rock
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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.

 

Fishing Chaos

Fishing Chaos

The 54 foot long fishing vessel Chaos went aground in a small cove in Unalaska Bay.   The Chaos was attempting to seek shelter after a heavy storm struck.   The vessel had dropped anchor and attempted to ride out the storm when the anchor line snapped and the vessel went ashore.   The crew of four on board contacted the harbormaster who relayed to the Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene, but conditions were too rough to pick up the crew.   However, conditions worsen with winds gusting up to 83 mph and there was a risk that the vessel would capsize on the rocks.  The crew of four were able to swim ashore, but found the beach being assaulted with rocks being flung by the wind.  The crew decided the fishing vessel was a safer location and swam back aboard.   The crew was safely hoisted the following morning when conditions improved.  Authorities will work with the owner to assess the vessel and conduct any salvage operations.

 

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