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Coast Guard Appreciation Reception

The sinking of the Kupreanof

 

Courtesy of Rocket Raptor Films

Video footage shot from Coast Guard rescue helicoptor of the Kupreanof sinking was played before Steve Barry told the story of his experiences that day.

After watching a U.S. Coast Guard video clip of their rescue, skipper Steve Berry recounted his experience last summer when the Kupreanof sank off Cape Fairweather.

"I wake up every morning and I have to realize the boat went down but my crew didn't," Berry said.

Berry noticed a slight list and thought he should change the fuel tanks to counter balance the vessel but it didn't help.

He soon called a nearby Icicle vessel, the Gordon Jensen and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Berry said it was around 3:30 a.m. when water was coming up to the back door.

"I told everybody to put on your survival suits...



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