Jon Lawler

Jon Lawler

Jon Lawler, 36, one of two survivors from the F/V Scandies Rose sinking, died Sunday in Anchorage from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, according to reports from the Anchorage Police Department.

At around 7 p.m., Lawler was riding his motorcycle when he lost control and crashed, the police reports stated. By the time police arrived, Lawler had already died, according to the APD.

Friends and family of Lawler went to Facebook to share their grief over his death. 

In a message to her deceased husband, Brianna wrote: “Babe I love you so much, you are an amazing soulmate, husband, father, protector, chef and so much more. Your heart is so pure. You always took care of me and I hope I did the same for you.”

Brianna was not the only person to express her grief.

“My brother, shipmate, and friend is gone,” Travis LeMay posted. “I was so excited to fly up and see (him) this week. I’m truly glad I got to spend what time I did with (him).”

The Anchorage Daily News reported that the sinking of the Scandies Rose left Lawler with “lasting trauma.” 

The 130-foot crabber based out of Dutch Harbor sank on Dec. 31, 2019. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the stability instructions for the ship were insufficiently calculated. This likely contributed to its sinking, the National Transportation Safety Board found.

Of the seven crewmen on the boat, only Lawler and Dean Gribble Jr. survived the sinking.

The sinking of the Scandies Rose traumatized Lawler, according to a post that his sister, Lisa Rhynalds, made on the “Jon Lawler Memorial Fund” GoFundMe fundraiser page. Lawler had PTSD from the experience, Rhynalds wrote. As a result, he had a difficult time working, which resulted in financial stress, according to Rhynalds. She started the GoFundMe to provide support for Brianna and raise money for Lawler’s funeral, she said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board concluded a formal public hearing about the sinking of the F/V Scandies Rose in early March, after nearly two weeks of public testimony.

The 10-day hearing took place in Edmonds, Washington, and was streamed online.

During the hearing, the board interviewed 43 witnesses about environmental conditions influencing the vessel around the time of the sinking, as well as weather, icing, the vessel’s material condition, and owner and operator organizational structures and culture.

Other topics under discussion were the regulatory compliance record of the vessel, Coast Guard policy, and practices related to vessel design, engineering and inspections.

The board also identified 130 pieces of evidence that have been posted online for the public to view.

“The public hearing is a crucial element of the investigation process,” said Coast Guard Capt. Greg Callaghan, chair of the Marine Board of Investigation. “This hearing presented and confirmed many facts and details surrounding the events that led to the sinking of Scandies Rose and loss of five lives.”







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