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F/V LONE STAR Sinks North of Igushik River Near Dillingham, Alaska

Early on June 30, 78-foot, Unalaska-based F/V LONE STAR was anchored near the mouth of Igushik River, when, according to reports, the changing tide swung her against her anchor chair, which detached the transducer and coolant lines and left a hole in her steel hull. The LONE STAR crew sent out a call to the Coast Guard, and as LONE STAR capsized and submerged in 18 feet of water, the crew of nearby Good Samaritan vessel F/V TRADITION answered the broadcast and rescued the four LONE STAR crewmen.

Two Willapa Bay Crabbers Avoid Death Thanks to Oyster Farm Crew

This past Friday, according to reports, a manager from Goose Point Oysters, Francisco Meliton, and his crew spotted two crabbers, said to be a 71-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman, standing on a sand spit in the distance near Pine Island in Willapa Bay. The oyster crew first approached the capsized twelve-foot skiff, which was glinting in the intermittent sunshine. Meanwhile, the tide was coming up and the sand spit where the two crabbers were standing was going deeper under water. The weather was cold and windy.

Ferry Boat Splits in Two and Capsizes on Brahmaputra River, India

Dhubri, which is in northeast India, is a city of roughly 65,000 people, and is flanked on three sides by rivers, making river travel a common mode of transportation. It was on the largest of these rivers, the Brahmaputra, in the Dhubri district, that on April 30 a ferry loaded with passengers and their goods split in two and capsized. The weather consisted of heavy rain and strong wind, with very poor visibility.

Two Fishermen Missing after Vessel Capsizes near Gold Beach, Oregon

At 5:10 p.m. on Friday, March 9, the local sheriff's office received a report that a 21-foot fishing boat had capsized near the north jetty at Gold Beach, Oregon. According to reports, witnesses saw a man in the water near the rocks at the north jetty, and thought a man may have been trapped under the vessel. The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter, a response boat, and two motor lifeboats to the area to search the area, and Curry County searchers scoured the shoreline. Approximately 122 miles were covered before the search was ended at 1:39 a.m. on Saturday.

Fisherman Lost - Yukon Fish Tender Capsizes

A 23-year old man has lost his life running a fish tender on the Yukon River in Alaska. A 32-foot fish tender loaded with fish capsized late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Only one crewman, Gerald Minock, was aboard the vessel at the time of the accident. Minock was reportedly working for Boreal Fisheries, which owned the vessel. Boreal is a fish buyer operating out of St. Mary's on the lower river. Witnesses speculate Minock was returning to the dock, and the vessel may have been overloaded with fish. When Minock failed to timely return, a search discovered the overturned skiff and Minock's body about four miles away from the dock.

Good Samaritan SILVER STORM Rescues Four From Capsized Fishing Vessel COPASETIC East Of Resurrection Bay

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mayday call from the crew of the Seward-based COPASETIC, Wednesday, July 6. The 57-foot fishing vessel had reportedly capsized 28 miles east of Resurrection Bay.

Capsized Boat Off Ocean City, MD Kills One, Five Others Rescued

Coast Guard watchstanders received word at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 that an 18-foot boat had capsized at the mouth of the Ocean City Inlet off the shore of Maryland, and multiple people fell in the water. Patrick Thompsen, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, said that the boat became disabled when the anchor became caught in the boat's propeller, which caused the vessel to drift into the turbulent inlet.

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