Searchers are looking for a missing crew member from a Petersburg-based commercial fishing boat that capsized and sank in Nushagak Bay close to Dillingham Wednesday morning.
The 58-foot seiner and long liner Pacific Knight capsized and sank near Clark’s Point. The boat had been tendering salmon in Bristol Bay this summer. The Pacific Knight is registered to a corporation called Lone Fisherman headed by Jeb and Maura Phillips of Petersburg.
According to the Coast Guard, two people were rescued from the water by the good Samaritan vessel Amanda C and transferred to the Alaska State Troopers at the scene. The troopers say three people were onboard the vessel when it went down. 31-year-old Jeb Phillips of Petersburg and a teenaged male crew member were able to escape. 59-year-old John Phillips of Juneau is still missing. It is unknown whether he was wearing a personal flotation device.
A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak was on scene Wednesday searching for Phillips along with the troopers and good Samaritan vessels.
(Story updated 4:25 p.m. 7/25/18)