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​Capsizing and Sinking of the Fishing Vessel Advantage

Executive Summary

The uninspected fishing vessel Advantage was on a routine transit from Kodiak harbor, Alaska,to fishing grounds off the southern coast of Kodiak Island with a load of empty cod pots when it sank about 14 nautical miles southwest of Cape Barnabas at 0030 on August 31, 2012.
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter retrieved three of the four crewmembers. One was never found and was presumed dead, and the vessel's captain later died. About 3,453gallons of diesel fuel were onboard the vessel when it sank.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Advantage was a severe heel to port, followed by immediate downflooding. The reason for the vessel's loss of stability could not be determined.

Accident Location: Kodiak Island , AK USA Approx. 14 nautical miles southeast of Cape Barnabas, 56°58.0' N, 152°36.4' W
Accident Date: 8/31/2012
Accident ID: DCA12LM026

Date Adopted: 8/20/2014
NTSB Number: MAB1416
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