Boat crew member dies after falling overboard

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Alaska State Troopers say a 53-year-old man has died after falling overboard a commercial fishing vessel near King Cove.

Troopers were notified Sunday by the Coast Guard about the death of Rudy Paul Duskin Jr. of King Cove.

Troopers say Duskin was on the vessel with the skipper, 48-year-old Raymond Koso Jr., when a large swell struck the vessel as the anchor was being retrieved.

Duskin was thrown into the water. Troopers say Koso radioed a distress call as he tried to rescue Duskin, eventually reaching him.

Koso put on a survival suit, entered the water and pulled Duskin to shore, where he was joined by crew members of a responding vessel.

Resuscitation efforts failed. Duskin was pronounced dead.

The body was being sent to the state medical examiner's office.