Marine Accident Brief

Sinking of Commercial fishing vessel Mary Kay

Dixon Entrance, Near Cape Chacon
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
July 26, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-17
Adopted: October 31, 2013

Accident Summary

On July 26, 2012, about 2300 Alaska daylight time, the commercial fishing vessel Mary Kay sank as a result of flooding in the starboard fish hold, the lazarette, and the engine room. The sinking took place in Dixon Entrance, near Cape Chacon, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. The four crewmembers safely abandoned the vessel and were rescued.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the Mary Kay was the captain's failure to identify and correct the source(s) of the through hull leaks.