3 rescued from sinking vessel

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

JUNEAU - Three fishermen were rescued Monday night from a sinking vessel about 50 miles southeast of Yakutat.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the 70-foot Evelyn S flooded and began sinking in 8- to 10-foot seas.

Coast Guard rescue coordinators in Juneau received a distress signal at 8:05 p.m. A C-130 aircraft crew from Kodiak arrived on scene at 8:47 p.m. and a Sitka-basked helicopter crew arrived at 10:10 p.m. They found the crew signaling for help with flares and a strobe light.

The helicopter crew lowered a VHF-FM radio to crew members, who said the vessel suffered electrical power loss and engine room flooding. They said they wanted to abandon ship.

The fishing vessel Gandil of Cordova was directed to the scene and rescued skipper Amado Shuck and two other crew members.

The Evelyn S carried about 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel, but the Coast Guard found no debris or oil sheen on a fly-over Tuesday. Officials said they presumed the vessel sank.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the vessel recently was purchased in Alaska and was in transit to its new home port in Gig Harbor, Wash.



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