Coast Guard reports on fatal sinking

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The Coast Guard released the report of its investigation into the loss of the uninspected fish processing vessel Alaska Ranger, which sank in Alaska's Bering Sea on March 23, 2008 with the loss of four lives and one person missing and presumed dead.

The immediate cause of the casualty was found to be a breach in the watertight envelope of the hull and progressive flooding of the engine room and other spaces at the stern of the vessel. The exact initiating event that created the source of the flooding remains unknown, but was probably related to the vessel's poor material condition.

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Click here to read the official report.