Crabbing vessel capsizes in the Bering Sea.
NIOSH 1995 Apr; :1-3
The 106-ft crabbing/processing vessel, F/V Northwest Mariner, capsized in the Bering Sea on January 15, 1995. The stricken vessel was able to send only a brief mayday call, but other vessels in the vicinity immediately responded. A life raft with two people on board was located. However, they were both hypothermic and could not be revived. Four other crew members were unable to be located and are presumed to have been lost. Weather may have been a contributing factor in this incident. A 40 knot wind and 24 foot seas were reported at the time of the sinking. 1. All fishing vessel crew should be cognizant of the extreme danger associated with heavy deck loading (e.g., crab pots stacked on deck), improper "tanking" (distribution of fuel, fresh water, and product) combined with vessel icing in northern waters. 2. All fishing vessel crew should have practical training in the donning of immersion suits, and participate in regular emergency drills for abandoning ship. All crew should be trained in emergency radio procedure, and in the early recognition of vessel stability problems.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Training; Fishing-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services