Coast Guard, good Samaritans searching for fishing vessel near St. George, Alaska

– Hello my name is Captain Ted St. Pieree, I’m the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau. Morgenthau is currently just south of St. George’s island, acting as the on seat coordinator for a search party involving Coast Guard helicopters, airplanes, and good Samaritan vessels. On Saturday morning, while moored in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, we were alerted of the activation of an EPIRB, belonging to a fishing vessel. I immediately initiated a crew recall in order to get underway and make best speed to the fishing vessel’s last known position. As one of the Coast Guard’s largest vessels we also maintain an embarked helicopter, that we were able to deploy early Sunday morning, to begin the search ahead of our arrival to the area. So far debris from the vessel, including tarps and a life ring have been found. But we continue to search for the six people who were onboard the vessel at the time of distress. We also greatly appreciate the efforts of the fishing vessel Silver Spray, and the fishing vessel Bering Rose for their assistance in the search. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau has a great deal of respect for the men and women who fish the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, and we wish them all well.

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