January 15, 1980 The 110 foot crabber Gemini iced up, rolled over and sank 150 miles south southeast of Cold Bay on the way to Dutch Harbor from Seattle. Crewmen Eric Mills, Mark McKinnin and Wayne Sheuffele were rescued from a life raft after more than four days in 20 foot seas. Captain Roy O’Harrow and Steve Holden were lost with the Gemini.
January 22, 1980 The 40 foot vessel Deliverance overturned and sank off of Marmot Island with David Dowie as the sole survivor. Lost were Charles Cochran and Butch Miller.
February 4, 1980 The 110 foot Pacific Trader rolled over and sank north of Unimak Island in the Bering Sea. Crewmen Greg Schubauer and Jack Sulbroce were picked up by the Provider. Lost were captain Ben Paz, Ken Morse and Carry Commack.
February 26, 1980 Professional diver Dennis LeCours was lost while diving on the vessel Mariner at the Channel Transient Float in Kodiak.
March 17, 1980 The crab fishing vessel Norel disappeared with all hands. The vessel was presumed to have foundered near Cape Saint Elias. Lost were Joseph Gursky, Roseanna Nasello and John Estrada.
March 29, 1980 Scott Pickering of Seattle was the sole survivor when the 85 foot Capella overturned suddenly while anchored off Fox Island south of Cold Bay. Lost were captain Finney Berg, Auggie Berg, Jack Fink and Bob Conley. The vessel had been holed on the rocks two days earlier and been towed to an anchorage by the tanker Alaska Standard.
April 2, 1980 Captain Rick Laws was the lone survivor when the 60 foot Cloverleaf rolled over and sank near Sutwick Island, 150 miles SW of Kodiak Island. The vessel was on a trip from Kodiak to Chignik. Lost were Wink Cissell and Kim Hanlin.
May 19, 1980 The fishing vessel Francis K was lost with all four crewmembers 25 miles southeast of Yakutat. Lost with the vessel were John Holgate Jr. (20), Ron Tseifser (25-30), Tom Bears (20) and Tracy Beach (24) all from Haines.
June 14, 1980 Skipper Cory Kaldestad (62) was lost when the 93 foot fishing vessel Michael Lee foundered near Clarks Point in Bristol Bay. Four other crewmembers were rescued by the Soviet processing ship Soyuz V.
July 31, 1980 Fishermen Jeff Deirich, Carl Carlson, Les Russel and Steve Alvine were lost in a plane crash near Spiridon Lake on Kodiak Island.
August 11, 1980 The fishing vessel King James was found abandoned near the Seal Bar marker near Egg Island on the Copper River Delta with one crewman lost.
September 21, 1980 Crewmember John Luke Challik of Kodiak was washed overboard and lost off of the Polar Sea 110 miles N of Akutan.
October 16, 1980 Skipper Hector Allan of the vessel Debbie Wines fell overboard and was lost near Old Harbor.
October 17, 1980 Skipper Gene Doudy was lost when the fishing vessel Cherokee sank in Behm Canal. Two crewmembers were picked up from the vessel’s life raft by the tug Edith Olson.
November 19, 1980 Three crewmembers were lost when the Japanese fishing vessel Tomi Maru No 52 sank after a collision with the Japanese fishing vessel Tomi Maru No 51 approximately 100 miles west of Adak Island in the Aleutians.
November 19, 1980 The 75 foot wooden trawler Commander was lost with all hands on a trip from Kodiak to Seattle. She was last seen 30 miles off of Cape Spencer heading into 30-35 foot swells and 80 knot winds. Lost were Phil Edwards Sr, his son Phil Edwards Jr, his brother John Edwards and his nephew Sam Bissett.
November 22, 1980 Crewman Robert Laceon from the vessel Taasinge was lost and is believed to have fallen overboard near Yakutat Bay.