ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A rescuer says one of the fishing boat crewmen who died after their vessel sank fell from a rescue basket being pulled into a helicopter.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Alfred Musgrave told a Marine panel Saturday that he tried to pull Byron Carrillo out of the dangling basket into the helicopter.
He says that Carrillo was hypothermic and that his survival suit was heavy because it had filled with water. Carrillo slipped from Musgrave's grasp and fell about 40 feet into the Bering Sea.
Five people died in the sinking March 23. Forty-two crewmen of the Alaska Ranger were rescued