Life Jackets save lives. At the very least, they buy time while awaiting help from the Coast Guard or any nearby Good Samaritans.
Early on January 25, 2012, the seven-person crew of F/V HERITAGE placed a distress call as their vessel sank in rough seas off Kodiak, AK. The Coast Guard picked up two of the HERITAGE crew from the water by helicopter, as Seattle-based F/V TUXEDNI crew picked up the other five from their life raft.
According to reports, F/V SEAFARER and her crew of three headed out to fish for flounder on the evening of March 1, fishing farther north than usual in order to find better fishing.
Back on December 17, 2012, 45-foot, Gloucester-based scalloping vessel FOXY LADY II and her two-man crew were reported overdue from fishing off the coast of Massachusetts. FOXY LADY II was not located, and the Coast Guard sea and air search at that time eventually had to be suspended.
This morning, with Hurricane Sandy quickly approaching, Coast Guard rescuers airlifted fourteen of the sixteen people who had been aboard 180-foot, three-masted, tall ship BOUNTY from their life rafts to safely. Two people are still missing.
On Tuesday, October 9, two brothers went out on American Lake near Lakewood, WA, to test drive what witnesses say was an older Bayliner with an inboard/outboard motor. One of the brothers was thinking of buying this boat.
SEA SMOOTH and LAMMA IV Collide Off Hong Kong, Killing 38
On Monday, September 24, the Washington Department of Ecology and the Coast Guard responded to a report that 71-foot wooden hulled F/V WESTERN FLYER, built in 1937, had sunk with a possible 750 gallons of fuel in the northern part of the Swinomish Channel near the Twin Bridge Marina and was causing noticeable oil sheen above the vessel, with some of it spreading southward down the channel.
Before dawn on Monday morning (Japan local time), while the crew of F/V HORIEI MARU were sleeping, HORIEI MARU and cargo ship M/V NIKKEI TIGER collided. This happened about 560 miles into the Pacific off Miyagi Prefecture, which is roughly 190 miles north of Tokyo.
F/V MOONLIGHT MAID sank the night of September 20 in Resurrection Bay. Wooden hulled, 110-foot MOONLIGHT MAID was once a World War II sub chaser, SC 536, serving in the South Pacific. After the war, she was sold and used for fishing.