3 fishermen rescued, captain dies when Seattle-based fishing boat sinks in Alaska

Three fisherman were rescued and a fourth crew member — the captain — died when the Seattle-based fishing boat, the Northern Belle, sank near the mouth of Prince William Sound near Kodiak, Alaska.

The U.S. Coast Guard performed the rescue of the crew members after they received a mayday radio call around 5:30pm Tuesday night.

The captain apparently suffered a head injury as he exited the boat but no determination has yet been made whether he died as a result of head trauma, drowning or hypothermia. The three rescued crew members all suffered from hypothermia but were wearing survival suits. The named survivors were Robert Jack, 52, and Nicole Esau, both of Seattle.

The cause of the boating accident is under investigation but a report in The Seattle Times said that the captain feared that the boat was overloaded and that the boat began to list before it took on water.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the family of those killed.

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