Fish­ing boat sinks

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

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.

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