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FISHERMEN RESCUED FROM SINKING VESSEL “RISKY BUSINESS”

March 13, 2007: Five fishermen were hoisted to safety after the 53-foot fishing vessel, Risky Business, became disabled and started to sink.

A 7:48 am call alerted Air Station Kodiak that the Risky Business was listing to port, and was heading to Kodiak. At noon they further reported a mechanical problem, listing of 30 degrees to port, and announced they were planning to abandon ship.

The Coast Guard dispatched a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, that arrived just as the vessel was forced on its port side by 20-foot seas and 50 mph winds. The Coast Guard instructed the crewmembers to put on survival suits and enter the water, and they were each hoisted by basket into the helicopter.

The captain and four crewmembers were treated and released. The mechanical trouble is being investigated by the Coast Guard.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Press Release