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Coast Guard suspends search for 5 missing fishermen in Gulf of Alaska

Christian Fernsby |
The Coast Guard has suspended their search for the 5 fishermen missing after the crabbing vessel Scandies Rose sank late Tuesday night.

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The search spanned over 20 hours, 1,400 square miles and included four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, two HC-130 Hercules airplane crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, according to a Coast Guard update.

Rescuers battled high swells, frigid temperatures and almost no visibility to save two crew members who survived the capsizing of their crabbing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska on Tuesday night, U.S. Coast Guard rescuers recounted.

Search and rescue crews have so far found no sign of the five crew remaining crew members or their vessel, the Scandies Rose.

A mayday call reporting that the F/V Scandies Rose was taking on water came in at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. The boat was south of Sutwik Island, west of Kodiak, where it had departed.

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