On Friday, December 6, 2016, at 9:38 p.m., the crew of the F/V Exito contacted the U.S. Coast Guard reporting that they were taking on water 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor. Five crew members were aboard when the vessel sank and a nearby vessel, the Afognak Strait, was able to rescue three crew members from the water. The U.S. Coast Guard responded with the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley and a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak. Unfortunately, the other two crew members were not found and remain missing.
After searching for the crew for three days, the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search on December 9. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing crewmembers of the F/V Exito. The investigation into the details of the sinking of the F/V Exito remain under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The crew of the F/V Exito is covered under the Jones Act. If you have questions about your right to compensation under the Jones Act, contact our experienced maritime injury and death attorneys for a free consultation.