Sea Stories: Fear and the will to live when a ship goes down at sea - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Local Columns

Sea Stories: Fear and the will to live when a ship goes down at sea

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:00 am

When the 110-foot freight vessel Exito sank in the Bering Sea in 2016, two men lost their lives. A number of factors were at play that night including an ill-fitting survival suit and the unseaworthiness of the vessel itself. One of the unexpected revelations of the sinking however was the importance of attitude and will in an emergency, and how those can sometimes determine who lives and who dies when things go bad at sea. 

The Exito was a steel 117-foot vessel, built in 1956 and converted to an Alaskan crab fishing boat in the late 1980s. The vessel was retired from fishing in 2004 and in 2012 began hauling freight and fish processing waste for Trident Seafoods in Akutan. 

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