Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1995

January 15, 1995     The 93 foot steel crab fishing vessel Northwest Mariner capsized and was lost with all hands 120 miles NW of Saint Paul Island the opening day of Opilio Crab Season.  The entire crew of six was from Washington State.  Two crewmembers were found deceased in a life raft and four others went missing.  Lost were Jim Foster (37) of Seattle, Larry Johnston (36) of Bellevue, Bruce Ford (38) of Edmonds, Rob Olsen (26) of Seattle, Bob Peterson (35) of Seattle and Troy Collins (30) of Everett.

January 27, 1995     Terje Leite (50) of Kodiak was lost when the 71 foot steel crab fishing vessel Sugar Bear sank in the Bering Sea 50 miles SW of Saint Paul Island during the Opilio Crab Season.  All six crewmembers abandoned ship to a life raft but Leite died before they were rescued.

March 21, 1995      Miles Dewitt was lost when the 35 foot wooden salmon troller Gray Ghost flooded and sank near Whitestone Harbor, 29 miles southwest of Juneau.  Dewitt and a second crewmember, Mark White, were rescued by the fishing vessel Hoover.  White was treated for minor hypothermia but Dewitt did not survive.  Dewitt’s survival suit was in very poor condition.

May 5, 1995     One person was lost while diving to disentangle a net from the 28 foot herring fishing vessel Norton Bay at Unalakleet.  The diver became tangled in the net beneath the vessel and ran out of air.

May 19, 1995     Douglas Evan Emerick died when his boat, the Julee Anna rolled over and crushed him on the tidal grid at Larsen Bay.

May 27, 1995     The master of the 202 foot steel factory trawler Alaska Spirit died when the vessel caught fire dockside at Seward.  Seven other crewmembers were safe.

June 14, 1995     One person died and one was rescued when a 19 foot skiff got caught in a salmon net and overturned in Dry Bay near Yakutat.

June 15, 1995     One person was lost and two were rescued when the 34 foot fiberglass crab fishing vessel Miss Doreen capsized and sank at anchor in Portage Bay.

June 25, 1995     A crewmember went missing and was later found drowned from the 37 foot wooden fishing vessel Umnak which was moored at Sand Point.

June 29, 1995     One crewmember went overboard from the 30 foot fiberglass salmon troller Sharlil in Nelson Lagoon.  A second crewman drowned while assisting the crewmember in the water, who survived.

July 6, 1995     An 18 foot aluminum salmon skiff capsized in heavy weather at Togiak and the operator of the vessel was lost.

August 3, 1995     A crewmember died accidentally when he got caught in a winch aboard the 56 foot wooden salmon fishing vessel Cape Falcon near Dall Island.

August 15, 1995     The 310 foot steel fish tender Coastal Star lost a crewmember overboard near Port Moller.

September 4, 1995     The owner of the 44 foot wooden salmon fishing vessel Cape Alava fell overboard and was lost while anchoring at Knight Island in Prince William Sound.

December 1, 1995     The captain of the 110 foot tug Tongass , Mike Keso, was lost when the vessel capsized and sank in rough seas near Point Retreat, 20 miles NW of Juneau.  One other crewman survived.

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