The supply vessel Exito sank on 14 nautical miles off Dutch Harbor in Alaska, USA. The vessel started getting water ingress in engine room and crew was unable to pump out the water from the flooded compartments. The bad weather and heavy seas worsened the seaworthiness, which caused capsizing of the supply vessel. Three crew members were rescued by the nearby vessels, but another two went missing. The accident was reported to the local authorities and was started large scale search and rescue operation. The nearby fishing ships, merchant vessels and navy are looking for the missing seamen, but still there is no trace from them. The rescued people were transported to Dutch Harbor and hospitalized for treatment of hypothermia.
“One of the good Samaritan vessels, the Afognak Strait, located three crew members from the Exito and took them aboard their vessel”, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning. “The three had abandoned ship together, and the other two were preparing to abandon ship”, added he.
The supply vessel Exito was employed for transportation of cargo for Trident Seafoods between Dutch Harbor and the Aleutian community of Akutan. The local authorities started investigation for the circumstances around the accident. There is no report about oil leaks and water pollution.
The supply vessel Exito (IMO: 7427831) has overall length of 35.80 m, moulded beam of 9.50 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 188 GRT. The supply vessel Exito was former fishing vessel refitted for coastal supply trading. The ship is operating under the flag of USA and was built in 1956.