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Coast Guard suspends search for missing crewmember near Kodiak Island


September 1, 2012 - KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing crewmember from the 58-foot fishing vessel Advantage near Kodiak Island Friday at 8:40 p.m.

The search, which lasted more than 18 hours and covered an area approximately 1,400 square miles began shortly after 12 a.m. Friday when Coast Guard watchstanders in Juneau received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert from the vessel.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak was dispatched to the scene and hoisted three crewmembers from a life raft and transported them to Kodiak for medical treatment. The Advantage crewmembers confirmed that one person was still missing.

Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrews took turns searching the area throughout the day but were unable to locate the missing crewmember. 

“Suspending a search for a missing person is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make,” said Capt. Gregory Sanial, chief of response, Coast Guard 17th District. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The crewmember’s name is not being released, pending next of kin notifications.

Weather conditions in the search area were reportedly seas of two to three-feet and a water temperature of  approximately 52 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the sinking.


August 31, 2012

Coast Guard rescues 3, searches for missing crewmember

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak rescued three people from a life raft and is searching for a missing crewmember from the fishing vessel Advantage after it sank 14 miles southeast of Kodiak Island, Friday.

The search began just after 12 a.m. when watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification from the fishing vessel.

After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the vessel via radio the watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak.

Once the helicopter crew arrived on scene they located a life raft with three of the Advantage crewmembers aboard and began hoisting them to safety.

The helicopter then returned to Kodiak and transferred the crewmembers, who were exhibiting symptoms of hypothermia, to local emergency medical services for treatment. 

“We are continuing to search for the missing crewman with helicopters from Air Station Kodiak,” Lt. Robert Baysden, a search and rescue controller at the 17th District command center. “Having the EPIRB aboard the fishing vessel was key to alerting us that there was an emergency.” 

The weather on scene was reported to be clear skies, two to three-foot seas and a water temperature of about 52 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The Advantage is a 58-foot fishing vessel homeported out of Kodiak.


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