Daily Event for January 5, 2013

On January 5, 1982 in the Bering Sea, about 50 miles north of Adak Island in the Aleutians, the trawler Akebono Maru-28 was caught in one of the famous winter storms well known in the area. The 549 ton ship carrying thirty-three fishermen, was unable to maintain an upright attitude due to the heavy seas and capsized and sank. A number of other Japanese fishing vessels responded to the distress call, but none could arrive in time. When the Shizuoka Maru arrived they found one survivor and seven (or eight) bodies, none of the other crewmen were ever found. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its effort to locate survivors on Jan. 7 as none of the men could have survived in the frigid waters.
© 2013 Michael W. Pocock
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