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​Marine Accident Brief: Capsizing of Fish Tender Pacific Knight

Executive Summary

​On July 25, 2018, about 0630 local time, the commercial fish tender Pacific Knight capsized while at anchor about 11 miles south of Dillingham, Alaska. Two of the three crewmembers on board were able to escape the vessel and were rescued by a nearby Good Samaritan fishing vessel. The third was unable to escape and drowned. About 1,439 gallons of fuel and 300 gallons of hydraulic oil were found on board, with an undeterminable quantity released in the water. The Pacific Knight, valued at $1.55 million, was declared a constructive total loss.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing of fish tender Pacific Knight was the captain’s inadequate assessment of the vessel’s stability and the risks related to vessel modifications, slack water in the tanks, and overloading of the vessel.

Accident Location: Dillingham , AK USA Nushagak Bay, Queens Slough area, 58°51.5’ N, 158°32.1’ W
Accident Date: 7/25/2018
Accident ID: DCA18FM029

Date Adopted: 8/2/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1923
NTIS Number:  

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