The fishing vessel Destination is missing after being hit by storm on two nautical miles northwest off St George, Alaska. The radio beacon alert from the fishing vessel with 6 crew on board was activated in Saturday morning and local authorities were unable to get in contact with the crew. The weather during ther accident was with 30-mph winds, 5-8-foot seas and snowing. The US Coast guard organized large-scale search and rescue operations, engaging HC-130 Hercules airplane from Kodiak and two two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, scanning large area around the received distress signal. Also local fishing vessel and people citizens from St George assisted the SAR operation and assembled a search party to look for signs of the missing vessel.
The rescuers recovered the EPIRB among a debris field containing buoys, a life ring from the fishing ship Destination and an oil sheen. There is no sign from the crew. The local authorities continue the search and rescue operation, deploying also Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, as well as another MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from kodiak.
“The vessel’s electronic locating device was recovered Saturday morning in a debris field containing buoys, a life ring and an oil sheen. The Coast Guard doesn’t yet know the cause of the boat’s disappearance or whether anyone survived”, told the Coast Guard’s Petty Officer 3rd Class, Lauren Steenson.
The fishing vessel Destination has overall length of 28.90 m, mouloded beam of 7.50 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The gross tonnage of the fishing ship is 192 GRT. The vessel is based in Seattle and two Seattle residents are listed among its ownership group. The Coast Guard said the boat operates for crab fishing out of Sand Point, Alaska.