Chandler crew member of crab boat lost in waters off Alaska remembered – AZCentral.com
A Chandler man was aboard a fishing vessel that disappeared off the coast of Alaska on Feb. 11.
A Chandler man who was aboard a commercial fishing vessel that sank in rough waters off the coast of Alaska last weekend was memorialized on Facebook, along with five other crew members.
The Bering Sea Memorial Page on Facebook, which honors commercial fishermen lost in that sea off the Alaskan coast, posted a remembrance for the crabbing boat’s crew members, including Kai Hamik. Hamik, a Chandler resident, worked on commercial fishing vessels, according to his Facebook page, other social-media posts and neighbors.
The memorial page reports the F/V Destination, a Seattle-based vessel, sank in the turbulent waters of the Bering Sea on Feb. 11, the day it disappeared.
A U.S. Coast Guard search, which began Feb. 11 after the boat’s emergency beacon was activated, was suspended Monday. Searchers found only buoys, tarps, a life ring from the Destination and an oil sheen, officials said.
Another Facebook page, called Toast to the F/V Destination, was organizing a memorial event in Bellingham, Wash., to honor the crew members, who are identified on the event page.
Hamik was one of four deck hands on the boat, according to the memorial page. Others include the boat’s captain, Jeff Hathaway; engineer Larry O’Grady; and deck hands Charles Glen Jones, Darrick Seibold and Raymond Jay Vincler, the page said.
Mike Barcott, a Seattle attorney who represents the boat’s owner, told The Republic that the owner was not officially releasing names of the crew at the request of some families.
A GoFundMe page launched on behalf of Hamik’s girlfriend had raised more than $2,600 as of late Thursday afternoon.
“Kai, who travels as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, was King Crab fishing with his crew on the boat Destination when the U.S. Coast Guard received a signal from their emergency beacon. Rescuers searched in the water and from the sky for nearly 70 hours,” the GoFundMe post reads.
“Our hearts go out to Kai’s friends and family and the friends and families of the entire crew of the Destination.”
Numerous posts were circulating from friends and family members on Facebook about Kai, whose parents reside in the Phoenix area,
The F/V Destination — the F/V stands for “Fishing Vessel”— set out in search of crab in the same waters featured on the popular reality television show “Deadliest Catch,” which documents the work of crab fisherman in the Bering Sea and the danger they face in the freezing, rough waters.
“Deadliest Catch,” which airs on Discovery Channel, posted on social media: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families.”
The Bering Sea Memorial Page on Facebook notes people lost in accidents on its waters dating back to 1950.