Scandies Rose Search Suspended – Names of Crew Released

From the United States Coast Guard :

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 6:08 p.m. for five missing fishermen in the waters near Sutwik Island, Alaska.

The five missing are:

  • Gary Cobban, Jr. (Master)
  • David Lee Cobban
  • Arthur Ganacias
  • Brock Rainey
  • Seth Rousseau-Gano

The two survivors are:

•     Dean Gribble, Jr. 
•      John Lawler

The search spanned over 20 hours, 1,400 square miles and included the following assets:

•      4 MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews
•      2 HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
•      Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717)

“The decision to suspend an active search and rescue case is never easy, and it’s only made after careful consideration of a myriad of factors,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Bell, 17th District Commander. “Our deepest condolences to the friends and families impacted by this tragedy.”

Watchstanders at the 17th District Command Center in Juneau were notified of a mayday call via High Frequency radio on Tuesday evening from the fishing vessel Scandies Rose, which capsized and sank approximately five miles southeast of Sutwik Island.

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on-scene and rescued two survivors from a life raft. The survivors were taken to the hospital in Kodiak, where they are reported to be in stable condition.

After exhausting all leads and careful consideration of survival probability, the Coast Guard suspends an active search pending new information or developments. 


Scandies Rose Sinks

Coast Guard searching for survivors after boat sinks near Sutwik Island, 5 still missing

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 01/01/2020 02:28 PM EST

  News Release   U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska
Contact: 17th District Public Affairs
Office: (907) 428-4181
After Hours: (907) 209-6509
17th District online newsroom

Coast Guard searching for survivors after boat sinks near Sutwik Island, 5 still missing

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard crews are searching for five people in the water Wednesday after their boat sank near Sutwik Island, Alaska.

Scandies Rose, a 130-foot crab fishing vessel homeported in Dutch Harbor, sank at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday with seven crew members aboard. Two survivors were rescued, five crew members are still missing. The vessel’s last known position was 170 miles southwest of Air Station Kodiak. 

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted two survivors from a life raft. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) was diverted from the Bering Sea and is expected to arrive on scene Wednesday evening. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Communications Detachment Kodiak received a mayday call from Scandies Rose over HF 4125 KHz at approximately 10:00 p.m. Tuesday and immediately relayed the distress call to the command center for search and rescue coordination. 

“We are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square mile area to locate the five missing persons from the Scandies Rose,” said Lt. Wade Arnold, command duty officer at 17th District command center. 

Weather on scene is in excess of 40 mph winds, 15 to 20 foot seas and one mile visibility. 


 I found the following information in my files: The Scandies Rose was built in 1978 at Bender Shipbuilding and Repair of Mobile, Alabama as the Enterprise. Her current statistics as seen on the U S C G Marine Information Exchange are Length 116.6, Breadth 34 and Depth 11.3. She registered as a crabber when she arrived at King Cove, Alaska in 1978. She sailed with the name Enterprise until 1987 when she became the Scandies Rose.

On February 25, 1994 the Scandies Rose rescued five crewmembers of the Jody Ann from their life raft northwest of St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. The Jody Ann had developed an out of control flooding problem from her lazarette forcing the crew to abandon ship. The Jody Ann sank shortly after the crew took to the life raft. On scene weather for the Jody Ann was 40 knot winds, 20 foot seas and a temperature of 19 degrees F.

-Captain Warren Good-


The 2020 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendars are now available.

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The first month of the 2020 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR

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October 2019 Shipwreck Calendar

In the Lower 48, winter officially begins December 21st. In Alaska, it starts some time in October. October is the worst month for maritime casualties and very high on the list for vessels lost with all hands.

The Princess Sophia disaster of October 25, 1918 is the worst shipwreck in Alaska history. Mother Nature has many tricks and very few treats in October.

August Shipwreck Calendar 2019

August is the month with the most shipwrecks in Alaska maritime history. Ship fires, groundings (mostly from falling asleep at the helm), and capsizing (mostly hauling fish aboard) are three common causes. August is also the month with the most shipwreck survivors compared to the number of shipwrecks. Survivability goes up when the air and water temperatures are up. August is generally the warmest month. It is interesting to note that most of the wrecks occur toward the second half of the month. This could be because crews are so worn out from the summers endeavors. It could also be because the weather begins to freshen toward the end of the month as fall approaches.

The upper portion of the 2019 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR
The name, year, location and crew losses for the worst wreck of each day of the month of August is shown above. There have been nearly 4,000 known wrecks in the past 250 years in Alaskan waters through the full 12 months of the year. This means that roughly 10 wrecks have happened on each calendar day of the year (365X10).

Alaska Shipwreck Statistics

This is a chart detailing some of the statistics I have accumulated over the past 40 years. On this website is information on every wreck included in these numbers.

These numbers represent the number of vessels lost, people lost, major wrecks, vessels with no survivors, recorded survivors of wrecks and cannery fires.

May has arrived

The frozen storms of winter are finally over and spring is in the air. The number of vessels and mariners lost goes down this time of year in the Alaska marine environment. There are still casualties, particularly in the unpredictable spring storms that come out of nowhere.

The following are some of the more significant wrecks on the day in May that they experienced disaster. The year and location are included in each entry.