Tuesday, September 04, 2007

F/V Papa George - Sinking and 2 crew dead

A Seattle fishing vessel that sank off the Washington coast Sunday apparently capsized after becoming flooded, killing two of its crew members, one of whom was seen in her final moments trying to rescue her dog.

"It's pretty cut and dry as to why this vessel sank," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian Fischer. "At some point, they were pumping more water on than they were pumping off."

The two crew members of the F/V Papa George who died in the accident were identified by the Coast Guard on Monday as ships master David Starbuck, 62, and crew member Ethel Zelaya, 37.

Reports are that the ship's automatic beacon (probably epirb) did not send signal.

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