The six-member crew of the Seattle-based crab boat F/V Destination had yet to begin their snow-crab harvest when the vessel went missing Saturday morning amid chilly winter temperatures in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska.
Michael Barcott, an attorney representing the owners of the vessel, said that the crew still had all their gear on board, including the steel pots used to trap crab, when something went wrong.
“We can tell you precious little now,” Barcott said Monday morning. “We don’t want to speculate. Right now the Coast Guard is still searching. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the (crew’s families). This is a call that no fishing family wants to get.”
The missing 98 ½ -foot crab boat sent out an emergency locator-beacon signal around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Brian Dykens. The beacons are designed to be automatically activated when a vessel goes down, providing a location for searchers.