The Coast Guard continued to search the waters near Dutch Harbor Wednesday evening for two of the five crew members from a ship that sank the night before.
According to Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning, the Exito's owner reported at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that the 117-foot vessel was taking on water about 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor. Four good Samaritan vessels, as well as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter dispatched from Air Station Kodiak, responded to the area.
"One of the good Samaritan vessels, the Afognak Strait, located three crew members from the Exito and took them aboard their vessel," Manning said. "The three had abandoned ship together, and the other two were preparing to abandon ship."
The Afognak Strait headed to Dutch Harbor with the rescued survivors.
The survivors initially reported that both of the missing crew members also donned survival suits, but Manning said that upon further questioning they said only one of the two had done so.