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Search Suspended for Missing Crew Member after Gig Harbor Fishing Boat Sinks

Northwest news agencies report the boat sunk off the coast of Alaska near Kodiak Friday morning and that the boat's skipper who had been pulled from the water died from hypothermia.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing crew member of a Gig Harbor-based fishing boat late Friday after it sank off the coast of Alaska that morning, Q13 Fox news reports.

KOMO News reported that the vessel sank 50 miles south of Kodiak. Three people were rescued via life raft and all were suffering from hypothermia - the boat's captain later died from the condition.

According to the report, the boat's owner is Lisa Newland of Gig Harbor. She told KOMO News the crew had been fishing for Pacific cod and that the waters were calm at the time.

The Coast Guard was reportedly still investigating the cause of the sinking.

Maggie Anderson September 02, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Do you know the name of any of the crew members?
April Chan September 02, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Hi Maggie. Not at this time, no. I'm not sure that information's been released just yet but we'll keep checking.
Heidi Hammer September 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Reminds me of Scott Tyree in '96 (I believe). Heartbreaking!!
Christie Norbisrath September 03, 2012 at 11:16 PM
As the wife of an Alaskan fisherman I know the fear of sending the ones you love out to sea and the chance of it ending tragically, I send my deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the crew members who lost the ones they love and prayers for the quick recovery of the ones still in the hospital.

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