Rudder loss caused fishing boat to sink

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A fishing boat that sank off the Alaska coast last year most likely lost its rudder, then flooded and went down, killing five crewmembers, federal safety officials said Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the 35-year-old Alaska Ranger did not have internal controls that would have prevented flooding in the so-called rudder room from spreading into other areas of the 189-foot vessel. In a report, the board said uncontrolled flooding was the probable cause of the tragedy, but conceded that much about the incident is unknown.

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