National Fisherman

A crew member on a commercial fishing vessel died Sunday after he fell overboard near King Cove, said Alaska State Troopers.
Rudy Dushkin Jr., 53, was pulling up the anchor on the 32-foot vessel Matt-Michelle when a large swell slammed into its side and flung Dushkin into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket. Raymond Koso Jr., the vessel’s captain, was the only other person onboard, troopers said.
Koso, 48, radioed a distress call, troopers said.
Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard offered different accounts of what happened once Dushkin fell overboard. 
The agencies said that once onshore, Koso and crew members from the fishing vessel Miss Roxanne, who responded to the distress call, tried to resuscitate Dushkin. They were unsuccessful.
Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch>>

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