Alaska Ranger called 'Ranger Danger'

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The crew of the Alaska Ranger that sank off the Aleutian Islands believed the vessel was unsafe, and that their employer delayed making needed repairs, a survivor told ABC News.

The Alaska Ranger was in such disrepair its crew members had nicknamed it "the Ranger Danger," 22-year-old Jeremy Freitag said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

According to ABC News, that claim was backed up by two other crew members who had previously served on the ship.

"There were a lot of problems onboard the ship that were constantly ignored," Freitag said.

"They just wanted to fish," said the Lebanon, Ore., native. "They didn't care about the repairs...There was always an excuse."

The Alaska Ranger sank Sunday. Four crew members died and one is missing.

The boat is owned by Seattle-based company Fishing Company of Alaska. It has put up Freitag and the rest of the ship's survivors in the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Dutch Harbor. The company has reportedly instructed the survivors not to talk to the media.

Freitag confirmed that saying, "They really don't want us talking, that it would be easier on them if we didn't talk."

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