Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1992

January 2, 1992     The 94 foot crab vessel St George disappeared after leaving Dutch Harbor for the crab grounds.  Only an EPIRB and an empty life raft were found.  Lost were skipper David Parks of Blaine WA, Terry James of Blaine WA, Brian Schouten of Blaine WA, Kevin Clark of Ferndale WA, George Dahl of Bellingham WA and Shawn McWethy of Soldotna.

January 12, 1992     The 42 foot cod trawler Barbara Leigh sank at Noyes Island with the loss of one crewmember.  The disaster was precipitated by an outrigger collapse causing the vessel to heel over, flood and sink.

January 23, 1992     Joe Blake became entangled in crab line and was lost overboard from the 112 foot crab vessel Magnum near St Paul Island in the Bering Sea.

February 3, 1992     Todd Jensen (35) was lost when the 39 foot crab fishing vessel Sea Venture I capsized near Seldovia.  Two other crewmembers were rescued.

February 23, 1992     Ricky Maerz of Homer was lost when the 34 foot salmon fishing vessel Morning Star ran aground at Seldovia Point.

March 2, 1992     A crewmember was lost from the 170 foot fishing vessel Pacific Producer in Resurrection Bay after falling from the gangway.

April 3, 1992     Crewmember Brian Bugg (25) was pulled overboard by a crab line and lost from the 157 foot crab fishing vessel Gulf Wind in the Bering Sea northwest of Amak Island.

June 1992     Crewman Perry Christopher was lost in an onboard accident on the 86 foot crab fishing vessel Bering Empire.

June 9, 1992     Two halibut fishermen were lost when their unnamed 16 foot skiff sank 100 miles southwest of Kodiak.

June 9, 1992     The decomposed body of a fisherman lost during the June 9, 1992 halibut opening was found near Alitak Cannery September 4, 1992. He was reported to have been fishing from a 16 foot skiff in Alitak Bay.

June 12, 1992     A crewman was pulled overboard by the anchor line and lost from an unnamed seine skiff in Bristol Bay.

June 21, 1992     The 46 foot trawler Active sank at Grand Island in the Yukon River when her fishing gear got hung up on the bottom.  Both crewmembers were lost.

July 5, 1992     The 32 foot salmon fishing vessel 90% Angel sank in a southwest gale at the mouth of the Kvichak River a few miles south of Graveyard Point with the loss of skipper Paul Olliff and Charles J Miller. Tony Olliff and Chad Campbell were rescued by a Trident Seafood Helicopter.

August 18, 1992     The operator of an unnamed salmon skiff was lost when his vessel sank in Togiak Bay.

September 1, 1992     One of two crewmembers was lost when the 32 foot salmon fishing vessel Tammy Kay sank off of Point Seduction while under tow.

September 1, 1992     An unnamed salmon seine skiff was holed and sank at Chisik Island in Cook Inlet and both men on board were lost.

September 1, 1992     The inflatable skiff from the vessel Heather Sea capsized and sank in rough weather near Saint Lawrence Island in the northern Bering Sea and one of the two people on board was lost.

September 11, 1992     The 47 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Sea Breeze disappeared with three crewmembers on board outside of Yakutat in the Gulf of Alaska.

September 11, 1992     The 40 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Mary May sank near Biorka Island southwest of Sitka losing her crew of three.

September 1992      Mark J Matuszeski was pulled overboard and lost from the 86 foot crab fishing vessel Bering Empire.

October 20, 1992     The 37 foot sea cucumber and urchin dive boat Sea Note sank near Yakutat losing her crew of two.

November 3, 1992     A crewmember entangled his leg in crab line, was pulled overboard and lost from the 148 foot crab fishing vessel Sea Fisher in the Bering Sea northeast of Amak Island.

November 24, 1992     A crewmember was lost when he was washed overboard by a large wave from the 133 foot crab fishing vessel Alaska Trader in the Bering Sea northwest of Amak Island.

December 25, 1992     A crewmember fell overboard and was lost while attempting to climb from the 112 foot fishing vessel Pacific Viking which was moored in Dutch Harbor.

4 Responses to Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1992

  1. Randy Coleman Jr says:

    I have a friend that got drunk in th Elbow Room and missed the departure time of the last voyage of the St. George. He’s a good man that pays it forward every day. He realizes that every sunrise since that fateful day is a gift from above.

  2. Troy Olason says:

    Hi.. I’m looking for a picture of the FV St.George..

    • captaingood says:

      I am making inquiries to people I know to see if anyone has a photo of the Saint George that was lost with all hands January 5, 1992 out of Dutch Harbor. I will let you know if I find anything. RIP

      • Troy Olason says:

        Thank-you! My uncle Brian was on the boat and our family would appreciate it very much! Thanks Captain Good

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