January 7, 1988 Roy E (Spike) Hoyt (37) from the vessel Snug Seven was lost when a 32 foot inflatable kayak overturned in Anton Larson Bay. Kenneth D Dyer was able to swim to safety.
January 12, 1988 The 32 foot Cape Karluk was lost while attempting to seek shelter in Russian Harbor near Geese Island Channel during a 40 to 60 mile per hour storm. Lost with the Cape Karluk were Eugene Neumoff (34), Merle P Ashouwak (24) and Jerry D Christiansen (30) all of Old Harbor.
January 18, 1988 The 86 foot crab fishing vessel Wayward Wind sank nine miles south of Tugidak Island off the south end of Kodiak Island. Lost were owner and operator William “Red” Nietupski (45) of Port Williams, James C Baglien (47) of Kodiak, Dave Descloux (39) and Michael Descloux (46) of Kodiak. Debra Nielsen and Jay Rasmussen were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter after 9 hours in the water.
January 26, 1988 Tyler Bricker was pulled overboard and lost from the crab fishing vessel Pacific Apollo.
February 22, 1988 Joseph H Lang of Kodiak was crushed by crab pots and lost aboard the fishing vessel Icelander near St Paul Island.
March 15, 1988 The 56 foot fishing vessel George W was lost outside of Uyak Bay with her crew of three; owner James Michael Miller (37), David Meersand (32) and Theodore O’Leary (27) all from Kodiak.
April 7, 1988 The 52 foot trawler Emerald Sea was lost with 5 people aboard. The hull of the vessel was found washed up on the beach in Icy Bay April 10th. There were no survivors. Lost were skipper Greg VonSchweinit of Coos Bay OR, Mark VonSchweinit of Coos Bay OR, Danny Lamons of Puyallup WA, Eric Myrman of Ashland OR and Greg Lamons of Coos Bay OR.
April 10, 1988 Two men were lost when an unnamed skiff capsized in Kachemak Bay near Homer.
May 29, 1988 An unnamed skiff capsized in Chester Bay near Metlakatla and two of the three people on board were lost.
May 30, 1988 Captain Rodney Main (44) of Tillamook, Oregon was lost when the 86 foot trawler Golden Venture rolled over and sank near Yunaska Island in the Aleutians. The vessel was making a turn with her nets down when the disaster occurred. Three of the four crewmembers abandoned ship to a life raft and were picked up by the fishing vessel Hazel Lorain.
June 26, 1988 It was though that two men were lost from an unnamed dory that was found holed and overturned on the southwest shore of Noisy Island near Uganik on the west side of Kodiak Island. Further investigation revealed they had been murdered at their set net cabin by a third man who staged the dory accident.
July 25, 1988 The 28 foot fishing vessel Mojo sank when her anchor line became tangled in Cameron Bay south of Sitka. Two crewmembers were rescued from the water by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter. Owner operator Jim Trow (62) was pulled from the water by the fishing vessel Sefora but did not survive.
August 1, 1988 The 40 foot gillnet fishing vessel Yermon sank in Cook Inlet 12 miles west of Ninilchik with the loss of two crewmembers. All that was found were two hats floating in the water.
September 11, 1988 The fishing vessel Freda capsized and sank at Dixon Entrance with the loss of one crewmember.
September 13, 1988 Simon Tagarook Jr died of head injuries suffered when the unnamed aluminum Native whaling boat he was riding in collided with ice off of Kaktovik in the Beaufort Sea.
September 27, 1988 Four men were thrown into the water in Kazakof Bay on Afognak Island when their unnamed 16 foot skiff overturned. Three made it to safety, but a fourth was lost.
September 28, 1988 Only one of four fishermen survived when their unnamed skiff capsized in the heavy surf at the mouth of Deep Creek near Ninilchik.
September 29, 1988 The fishing vessel Rosey Alice was consumed by fire in the Sitka Harbor and the lone person aboard was lost.
October 3, 1988 The 42 foot longline vessel Sarah Maria grounded and was destroyed in Big Branch Bay on Baranof Island with a loss of 3 crewmembers. One crewmember survived and was picked up on Beavertail Island by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter. Lost were Robert Roy Tenney, Donald Paul Tenney and John Michael Glaab.
November 2, 1988 An explosion and fire destroyed the Alaska Constructor killing 3 of 4 crewmembers. Lost were captain Stan Hanson (36) of Homer, engineer Bruce Babcock (34) of Anchor Point and Carl Anderson (58) fuel truck driver of Anchorage. First mate Stephen Hobbs survived by lowering himself by rope from the burning vessel and wading to shore.
December 10, 1988 A severe storm sank the 115 foot stern trawler Arctic II 55 miles north of Unimak Pass. Two crewmembers were lost, including captain Stan Michna (33) and Gary Heeney (29). The other three crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel American Beauty.