Lt. Timothy Schmitz, commander of the rescue helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Monroe, left, talks Saturday with Capt. Mike Rand, chief investigator for the U.S. Coast Guard, after a break in testimony in Anchorage. They are part of a federal investigation into the sinking of the Seattle-based Alaska Ranger. Five people died and 42 crewmen were rescued when the fishing boat sank off of the Aleutian Islands. Coast Guard Petty Officer Alfred Musgrave told a Marine Board of Investigation that victim Byron Carrillo fell from a rescue basket as he tried to pull him into a helicopter. Carrillo was hypothermic and his survival suit had filled with water, making it extremely heavy. He slipped from Musgrave's grasp and fell about 40 feet into the sea.
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