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F/V Advantage sinks 50 miles south of Kodiak (updates here)

Update 09-04-2012 : The USCG video previously embedded on this post has been removed from this post, disabled on our youtube channel and will remain so indefinitely.  HG

@Deckboss at 12:10 PM

KMXT: FV Advantage Goes Down - One Missing, Three Rescued >

Associated Press
Published: August 31st, 2012 08:18 AM
Last Modified: August 31st, 2012 08:18 AM

KMXT reports.... Once the three were located and brought to safety, the helicopter went back to look for the missing crewman.

No names have been released.......


USCG PR Date: Aug. 31, 2012
District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak rescued three people from a life raft and is searching for a missing crewmember from the fishing vessel Advantage after it sank 14 miles southeast of Kodiak Island, Friday.
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis

Coast Guard rescues 3, searches for missing crewmember

The search began just after 12 a.m. when watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification from the fishing vessel.

After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the vessel via radio the watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak.

Once the helicopter crew arrived on scene they located a life raft with three of the Advantage crewmembers aboard and began hoisting them to safety.

The helicopter then returned to Kodiak and transferred the crewmembers, who were exhibiting symptoms of hypothermia, to local emergency medical services for treatment.

“We are continuing to search for the missing crewman with helicopters from Air Station Kodiak,” Lt. Robert Baysden, a search and rescue controller at the 17th District command center. “Having the EPIRB aboard the fishing vessel was key to alerting us that there was an emergency.”

The weather on scene was reported to be clear skies, two to three-foot seas and a water temperature of about 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Advantage is a 58-foot fishing vessel homeported out of Kodiak.

Video removed 09-04-2012. HG

Published on Aug 31, 2012 by Admin HG
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak locates three crewmen from the 58-foot fishing vessel Advantage in a life raft 14 miles offshore of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska and hoists them to safety Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard continues to search for a fourth crewman who is missing and is investigating the cause of the sinking. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Kodiak. For more goto