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F/V DESTINATION

National Transportation Safety Board

A crab boat that sank in the Bering Sea last winter likely capsized after the vessel became coated in hundreds of thousands of pounds of ice.

That's the conclusion of a report released last week by federal investigators.

The findings shed new light on the loss of the F/V Destination and its six crew members.  

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This Sunday, Feb. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of the F/V Destination.

Its sinking ranks as the Bering Sea crab fleet’s deadliest accident in more than a decade.

While the cause remains a mystery, memories of the crew are inspiring fishermen to stay extra safe this winter.

Last March, Unalaskans and seasonal fishermen held a memorial service at the Norwegian Rat Saloon.

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

Starting Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard is holding two weeks of public hearings as part of its investigation into the sinking of the F/V Destination.

All six crew members died when the crab boat disappeared in February near St. George Island, marking the deadliest accident in more than a decade for the Bering Sea crab fleet.

The vessel’s wreckage was finally located last month, but investigators are still trying to determine why the Destination sank.

F/V Destination Wreckage Discovered

Jul 20, 2017
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wreckage from the F/V Destination has been found off St. George Island. The boat and its six crew members were fishing for snow crab when they disappeared on February 11.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this morning that two of its research vessels have found and confirmed the location of the Destination.
 

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold public hearings this summer as part of its investigation into the disappearance of the F/V Destination.

The crab boat and its six crew members vanished off St. George Island in February.

For the Bering Sea crab fleet, it was the worst accident in more than a decade.

Officials say the hearings will focus on how weather and human misconduct may have played a role in the catastrophe.

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