This just in from Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning, who provided this update on the Exito sinking:
The search for the two missing Exito crewmen continues.
The Coast Guard, in its initial news release, mistakenly referred to the Exito as a “fishing vessel.” The Exito was a converted F/V now hauling cargo including 55-gallon drums and an X-ray machine from Dutch Harbor to Akutan. It was working for Trident Seafoods, which has a huge processing plant at Akutan.
The 117 ft steel vessel, built in 1956, vessel sank near Priest Rock.
The F/V COMMITMENT, F/V BLUE NORTH, and F/V NORTHERN LEAD as well as the Coast Guard helicopter aircrew are still searching for the two missing crewmembers from the Exito. One reportedly donned a survival suit before abandoning ship.
Lt. Joey Schlosser, a 17th District command duty officer said “As we continue to search for the two missing crewmembers, we appreciate the assistance of the additional vessels still searching in conjunction with Coast Guard assets, especially the fishing vessel AFOGNAK STRAIT for executing the rescue and transportation of the rescued mariners.”