ANCHORAGE – The Coast Guard says a Seattle fisherman on board a commercial fishing vessel was killed in an apparent industrial accident south of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
Alaska State Troopers on Monday identified the man as 25-year-old Andrew Fotu.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen says the captain of the 238-foot Alaska Juris reported Fotu was injured Thursday when a cable snapped and struck him in the head.
Two Coast Guard helicopters from St. Paul Island flew south after the report and refueled in Unalaska. The helicopters reached the Alaska Juris about 250 miles southwest of Unalaska. A rescue swimmer was lowered to the vessel and determined that the crewman had died.
The Alaska Juris reached Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island early Friday afternoon.