Fishing boat sinks
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A survivor of an Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming” in minutes as rough seas and ice battered their vessel on New Year’s Eve.
“On the 31st, we just started listing really hard on the starboard side,” Dean Gribble Jr. said in a YouTube video that he posted Thursday to answer questions about the disaster. “From sleeping to swimming was about 10 minutes. It happened really fast. Everybody was trying to get out. Everybody was doing everything they could, and it was just really a (expletive) situation.”
Gribble, who’s appeared on the Discovery Channel documentary series “Deadliest Catch,” said the seven-member crew faced 20-foot seas, 40 mph winds and icy conditions.
“I’ve fished for 20 years, I know that you do not make it,” he said. “Everybody can die in those situations, and I knew that’s what we were going into. We were in the raft for about five hours.”
He said his emergency locator beacon wasn’t working and complained about other safety equipment.
Gribble and John Lawler were the only survivors and suffered hypothermia, the Coast Guard said.