>CG Report of Investgation – Loss of the ALASKA RANGER

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The Coast Guard has released the Formal Report of Investigation (ROI) into the sinking of the uninspected fish processing vessel, ALASKA RANGER, in the Bering Sea on 23 March 2008.  As a result of the sinking, four lives were lost, and one person is missing and presumed dead.   

A full copy of the report is available at CG Homeport, Click Here.

Stemming from this investigation, the Coast Guard’s Safety Recommendations detail a greater need to apply current safety and construction standards, and calls for an additional need to develop legislation that would require mandatory, periodic safety inspections of commercial fishing vessels.   

The 192 page report details that the vessel’s poor material condition and lack of maintenance were the most likely cause of the sinking.  It also details the heroic rescue of 42 of the ALASKA RANGER’s crew by the U.S. Coast Guard and the crew of the fishing vessel ALASKA WARRIOR.

Below is a picture of the Alaska Ranger.