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1 dead, 2 survive sinking of F/V Pneuma in Nushagak Bay

Bad weather, uneven fishing load may have caused the ship to capsize, troopers say
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Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 2:10 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2021 at 8:47 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers believe a combination of poor weather and an uneven fishing load caused a commercial fishing boat to capsize in Nushagak Bay Thursday morning.

The sinking of the F/V Pneuma resulted in one death, 45-year-old captain Lance Norby of Texas, according to an updated AST dispatch Friday morning.

Two other people on board survived the incident, said the online dispatch report. The two survivors declined medical attention after being saved by Alaska Wildlife Troopers patrolling the area.

According to the dispatch, troopers received word that a commercial fishing vessel carrying three mariners was taking on water just before 6 a.m. Thursday. Two wildlife troopers responded immediately in their patrol skiff, making it within 25 minutes of the call.

Before troopers arrived, the dispatch said it was reported that the ship sank and the three people on board were in the water trying to stay afloat.

Troopers arrived and helped one person out of the water, while two commercial fishing vessels at the scene pulled the other two mariners out and provide medical attention for all three mariners, according to AST Public Information Officer Austin McDaniel.

“The Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to thank the F/V Fortress and F/V Last Frontier for their assistance during the rescue operation,” AST officials said in the dispatch.

The U.S. Coast Guard also deployed a rescue swimmer to help with emergency medical care for the three-man crew, according to McDaniel.

Norby required extensive life-saving efforts, however, he was declared dead by the Coast Guard at around 9:38 a.m. Norby’s remains were sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage, and his next of kin have been notified, according to the dispatch.

This is a developing story. Check in for updates.

Editor’s note: Additional information provided by the Alaska State Troopers’ public information officer and updated online dispatch was included in the story.

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