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26 rescued from sinking Alaskan fishing boat

47 crew members abandoned the vessel
March 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
All 47 crew members of a Seattle-based fishing boat have abandoned ship after the vessel started sinking about 120 miles off Alaska. Coast Guard Lt. Eric Eggan says 26 people have been safely recovered from life rafts.

The 180-foot Alaska Ranger started taking on water shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday after losing control of its rudder.

A Coast Guard cutter and aircraft and the Alaska Ranger's sister ship are taking part in the rescue.

 

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