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Survivor of deadly sinking credits the skipper

Wearing a torn survival suit and bobbing in the cold water of the Gulf of Alaska, Robert Jack looked to heaven for a miracle.

"I prayed to God that I would be able to see my daughter again," Jack, 52, said Wednesday morning from a hospital bed in Anchorage. "If you go into 30-degree water and leaking from your survival suit and waves are overtaking you, I thought I was dead."

Jack was on the 75-foot fishing-industry vessel, the Northern Belle, which went down in the Gulf late Tuesday, leaving the captain, Robert Royer, 54, of Seattle, dead, but sparing three crewmembers.

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