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The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a marine accident brief and a related safety alert warning mariners of the dangers of icing following the agency’s investigation of the sinking of the fishing vessel Destination in the Bering Sea last February with the loss of all six crew members.
The 110-foot, 196-gross ton, fishing vessel Destination sank in frigid, remote waters 2.6 miles northwest of St. George Island, Alaska, on February 11, 2017.
None - Crewmembers - Accident
None of the six crewmembers aboard were found and are presumed to have perished in the accident.
While the exact nature of the accident is unknown because there were no survivors, no witnesses and no mayday call from the Destination, evidence analyzed by the NTSB indicates the Destination quickly capsized and subsequently sank after an accumulation of ice on the vessel and its fishing gear after encountering forecasted heavy freezing spray conditions.
AIS - Trackline - Destination - Site - Sinking
AIS trackline of the Destination leading up to the site of the sinking on February 11. From left to right: (1) estimated rates of icing along the voyage from Dutch Harbor to St. George Island; (2) last 83 minutes of the transit west of...
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