Five People Missing, Two Rescued After Crab Fishing Boat Sinks Off Alaska

The Scandies Rose docked in Seattle in 2014. The ship sank on Tuesday with seven crew members aboard.
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Coast Guard rescuers were searching for five people after the boat they were on sank off Alaska, officials said on Wednesday.

Two crew members were rescued after the boat, a 130-foot-long crab fishing vessel called the Scandies Rose, sank near Sutwik Island around 10 p.m. on Tuesday with seven aboard, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

“We are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square-mile area to locate the five missing persons from the Scandies Rose,” Lt. Wade Arnold, command duty officer at the 17th District command center, said in the statement.

Two of the crew members were rescued from a life raft by a Coast Guard helicopter, officials said. The Coast Guard dispatched MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Air Station Kodiak after receiving information about the Scandies Rose’s mayday call.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Aimee Ortiz