Fishing Boat Deck Hand Missing in Southeast Alaska

A deck hand is missing after falling overboard off a Juneau fishing vessel in southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat – Medium transits in the Gastineau Channel Sept. 1, 2011. The RB-M increases Station Juneau boatcrew's ability to respond to emergencies in their 80-mile area of responsibility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A deck hand is missing after falling overboard off a Juneau fishing vessel in southeast Alaska.
   
The man fell Monday night from the Swift, which was working the chum salmon fishery in Icy Strait 30 miles west of Juneau.
   
The only other person on board was the skipper. The Coast Guard says the skipper launched a dinghy to help the man in the water and he too fell in.
   
The vessel master reached a beach east of Excursion Inlet. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted him off and took him to a Juneau hospital.
   
The helicopter afterward resumed the search with a 45-foot Coast Guard boat.
   
Coast Guard Lt. Sarah Morin says the skipper is from Sitka.
   
Names of the skipper and the missing crewman were not immediately released.

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