Coast Guard Releases Names Of F/V Scandies Rose Survivors And Crew Members Still Missing
After deciding to suspend its search for five people feared dead after their 130-foot crabbing boat sank on New Year’s Eve off the Alaska Peninsula, the U.S. Coast Guard has released the names of the crew members of the F/V Scandies Rose.
Rescuers found two survivors in a life boat within hours of the distress call. But on Wednesday night, the Coast Guard decided to suspend the search for the rest of the seven-person crew.
The five missing are Gary Cobban, Jr. (Master), David Lee Cobban, Arthur Ganacias, Brock Rainey, and Seth Rousseau-Gano.
The two survivors are Dean Gribble, Jr. and John Lawler. They were treated for hypothermia at a hospital in Kodiak, but sustained no other serious injuries.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie said the Coast Guard exhausted all options before deciding to suspend its search for the five men still missing.
“Each search and rescue case is different,” said McKenzie. “So you can’t really say whether or not sufficient time has been spent, but we never suspend a search and rescue case unless we’ve exhausted all of our options.”
The search spanned over 20 hours, 1,400 square miles, and included four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, two HC-130 Hercules airplane crews, and the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon.
“We did our best,” said McKenzie. “We spent a significant amount of time out there. We sent several crews out there. The conditions were absolutely deplorable on scene. And unfortunately, we were not able to find the five missing fishermen.”