Debris found in search for Seattle-based boat consistent with sunken vessel, Coast Guard says – KIRO Seattle

Updated: Feb 12, 2017 – 10:58 AM


JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska is searching for a fishing boat with six people that has been missing in the Bering Sea for more than a day.

The Coast Guard says the debris found in the search for Seattle-based crabbing boat is consistent with sunken vessel, but the search for the six people who were on board continues.

For KIRO 7 News at 5, Alison Grande is learning about the members of the crew. Watch on-air or online here. 

Ships and aircraft have looked through the night for the 98-foot-long F/V Destination, according to a news release from the agency on Sunday afternoon. The boat had six people on it and is owned by a company based in Seattle, Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson said.

Brent Paine, executive director of the Seattle-based United Catcher Boats, said there are two vessels that fish off Alaska called the F/V Destination.

One of them is a trawler that belongs to his association, and is not the one that went missing. Paine said the other vessel - the target of the Coast Guard search – is a smaller vessel that has harvested crab. That vessel but it had been moored in Sand Point, Alaska, he said.

The Coast Guard doesn’t yet know the cause of the boat’s disappearance or whether anyone survived.

On Monday morning, the Coast Guard says conditions in the Bering Sea were 5 to 8-foot high seas, snowing, with winds at 30 mph, and a water temperature below freezing at 30 degrees. The average person could survive about 15 hours in a survival suit.

People on the small island of St. George are looking along the shore for any signs of the crew. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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