The Sinking Of The F/V Stikine
Jan 5th PLEASURE POINT — A 58-foot sardine fishing boat sank about 2 miles off Pleasure Point early Friday morning, but the four-man crew were rescued in rough seas by the crew of another fishing boat who heard their Mayday call, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
The crew of the Moss Landing-based “Stikine” were fishing for sardines in 11-foot seas Thursday night, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. John Suckow. The crew told authorities that water rushed in the boat from big waves, and there were problems with nets, rigging and their sardine load.
The boat took on water, the captain made a May-day call a few minutes after midnight, Suckow said. The Coast Guard received the call as well as at least one other fishing boat in the area – El Dorado.
The Coast Guard originally were planning to pull the ship back to land on Tuesday but have since postponed the emerging to the end of this week or beginning of next week.
Crews need to remove a number of nets and gear from the boat, before they can undergo the re-surfacing process.
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