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Coast Guard Searches for Missing Fishing Boat in Bering Sea

February 11, 1991

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) _ The Coast Guard renewed its search Monday for a crab fishing vessel with six crew members aboard that reported it was ″going over″ in the Bering Sea.

The vessel radioed the Mayday early Sunday, but the distress call did not give the name of the boat. The Coast Guard later identified it through a process of elimination as the 98-foot crabber Barbarossa, out of Seattle, said Petty Officer Kathy Yonce in Juneau.

The search was centered about 40 miles west of St. George Island in the Bering Sea, where a number of vessels were taking part in the winter crab fishery. St. George Island is about 750 miles southwest of Anchorage and north of the Aleutians.

Several aircraft and the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Munro were sent to the area Sunday after three fishing boats relayed the vessel’s distress call to the Coast Guard station at Kodiak. The search continued into Monday, officials said.

Several crabbers in the area reported icing problems after encountering 15- foot seas and 40-knot wind.

″From what we have to go on, the weather is pretty much the same early today,″ J.P. McGowan, a Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau, said Monday.

The Barbarossa was equipped with a 10-person life raft, six survival suits with strobe lights and three emergency position indicator radio beacons, the Coast Guard said.

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