Midnight search finds 1 boater dead, 1 alive

Fishermen were in water several hours before they were found

Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2000

KETCHIKAN - One fisherman died but his partner was rescued early today after a search for a sinking boat in dense fog about 18 miles northwest of Ketchikan.

Robert Sero, 19, was rescued, the Coast Guard said. Patrick Horwath, 40, died.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call around 11 p.m. saying the 31-foot salmon troller Allofus was going down and the crew was abandoning ship near Traitor's Cove in Behm Canal.

The men were found near Helm Bay, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Roger Wetherell. They had been in the water at least three hours before the survivor was located on a beach, he said.

"The rescue crew from Station Ketchikan didn't really have a good location as to where that vessel might have gone down," Wetherell said. "The radio mayday call we received gave an approximate location between two very distant points of land.

"They kind of had to go out and search a vast area of water," he said. "The Coast Guard crew fired off several flares to attract the attention of would-be survivors."

Another vessel from Ketchikan, My Salida, found Sero, he said. A volunteer rescue crew found Horwath a short time later in 65 feet of water near the partially submerged boat, Wetherell said.

Both of the men are from Ketchikan.

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