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7 Crewmen Missing After Boat Capsizes

Mon., Jan. 29, 1996

The U.S. Coast Guard searched a 361-square-mile portion of the Bering Sea on Sunday for seven crewmen aboard a crab boat that apparently capsized in stormy weather.

The search for the 127-foot fishing vessel Pacesetter, which is based in Seattle, began Saturday night after the Coast Guard was alerted to an emergency radio beacon. The signal was pinpointed to about 60 miles south of St. George Island, 700 miles southwest of Anchorage.

A fishing vessel that reached the area early Sunday found a life raft and buoy float with the Pacesetter’s name on it and the transmitter that had sent the emergency beacon. Another fishing vessel found a second life raft about two hours later.

There was no sign of the vessel or the crew.

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