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2 Dead, 13 Missing as Fishing Boat Sinks

April 03, 2001|From Times wire services

Two crewmen were dead and 13 were missing after a U.S. fishing vessel vanished in the icy Bering Sea in what could be Alaska's worst fishing disaster, the Coast Guard said.

The Arctic Rose, a 92-foot boat harvesting rock sole, sank in rough seas about 200 miles northwest of St. Paul Island, about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The Coast Guard received emergency signals from the vessel at 3:30 a.m. and sent a search plane, a helicopter and rescue ships. The C-130 aircraft arrived at 8:30 a.m. and found only a life raft, survival suits and an oil sheen on the water.

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