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Crabbing vessel capsizes in the Bering Sea.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 95AK002, 1995 Apr; :1-3
The 80-ft crabbing, F/V Sugar Bear, capsized in the Bering Sea on January 27, 1995. The vessel was traveling to a new Opelio crab fishing position when the vessel lost power and began to list toward the aft starboard side. The captain ordered the crew to don survival suits and sent a mayday message. As the vessel rolled over, the crew of six entered the water. Five of the crew got into an enclosed life raft, but the sixth crewman did not don an immersion suit, and was found in the water approximately two hours later. He was wearing an undershirt and tights. CPR was attempted, but the crewman was unable to be revived. Another fishing vessel in the vicinity located the five survivors within one hour and took them on board. A 30 knot wind and 6-8 foot seas were reported at the time of the sinking. 1. Fishers entering the water while abandoning a vessel should always don immersion suits, if possible. 2. All fishing vessel crew should have practical training in the donning of immersion suits, and participate in regular emergency drills for abandoning ship. 3. All commercial fishing vessels should have functioning bilge alarms that are tested on a regularly scheduled basis. 4. All crew should be trained in emergency radio procedure.
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95AK002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-007089
SIC Code
NAICS-11; NAICS-1141
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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