The operator of the 49-foot commercial fishing vessel Daffine radioed for help when the vessel capsized and sank in 500 feet of water. All five people who were aboard had abandoned ship into a skiff and provided the coordinates for the skiff, as well as noted there was only one life jacket.
The EPIRB registered to the vessel indicated the vessel sank and all aboard transferred to the skiff, as well as that they only had one handheld radio, one survival suit and were holding onto their seine net.
Coast guard boats launched in response. An Alaska State wildlife trooper arrived shortly after noon and confirmed the location of the skiff. The Coast guard crew and good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Lovie Joann arrived within the following 10 minutes.
The master of the Daffnie stayed on scene aboard the skiff to retrieve the net with the assistance of the Lovie Joann crew. The coast guard transferred the other four people to their boat, recovered a life raft and EPIRB, and returned them all to Ketchikan.
by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue reading