Search Called Off For Missing Fishing Vessel In Alaska

Photo of F.V Destination by Capt. Casey McManus

Sad news coming out of Alaska in the past 24 hours. The six crew members of the Seattle-based crab fishing vessel, F./V Destination, are now presumed lost at sea. 

Here’s the Alaska DispatchNews with more:

The search was called off for a crabbing vessel and its six crew members missing for nearly three days in the brutal waters of the Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday night.

The fishing vessel Destination, a Seattle-owned, Sand Point-based ship with a reputation as a “battle ax” and a crew of veteran Bering Sea fishermen, was on its way to start the snow crab season when its emergency locator beacon activated at 6:11 a.m. Saturday.

When the Coast Guard arrived, there was no trace of the 95-foot boat save for a collection of debris in the water: a life ring, buoys, tarps and a slick of oil.

The boat has not been declared sunk and the men aboard are still considered missing. But the Coast Guard offered its “deepest condolences” to the family and friends of the six crew members Monday night in a prepared statement.

“The decision to suspend a search is always difficult and is made with great care and consideration,” said Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Coast Guard 17th District commander.

Condolences  came from many skippers and crew members featured on Discovery Channel’s hit series, Deadliest Catch, as this tight-knit fraternity of crabbers have been affected by the apparent tragic loss of the crew.


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