Icy spray, heavy crab pots may have doomed Seattle fishing boat, Coast Guard learns

SEATTLE — On the morning of Feb. 11, crab-boat skipper Daher Jorge received a Coast Guard radio request to assist a Bering Sea search for a missing vessel — the Seattle-based Destination.

But Jorge's own boat, the Polar Sea, was burdened by a thickening mantle of ice that made it more vulnerable to sinking. His crew had been unable to break off all that ice while at sea, so Jorge felt compelled to reject the call for help and headed to port in Alaska's Pribilof Islands.

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