Five rescued from vessel near Kodiak

Five people are reported safe after their fishing vessel began taking on water over the weekend.

A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter hoisted the crewman from a skiff on Sunday after the 56-foot vessel Scandia began taking on water in Shelikof Strait.

A C-130 aircraft was also launched to assist in the operation.

Chief Petty Officer Jeffery Roberto of the Coast Guard’s Command Center in Juneau says the five people were taken back to Kodiak with no injuries reported. They had donned survival suits before abandoning ship.

A good samaritian vessel took the Scandia in tow and anchored it up near Uyak Bay. The five crewmembers eventually made their way back to Scandia. But they could not control the flooding and it sank in 600 feet of water.

It’s still unclear how or why the vessel was taking on water.

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