• ‘Deadliest Catch' mourns fishing friends lost in Bering Sea

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman , Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    The stars of the cable reality show “Deadliest Catch” are in shock after news that their friends on a commercial crabbing ship were lost when the boat sank over the weekend in the Bering Sea.

    The Destination, a 98-foot Seattle-based crab boat with a six-man crew, disappeared 2 miles off the Pribilof Island of St. George.

    The Coast Guard has called off its search for survivors. It rushed to the scene when an emergency radio transmission was received early Saturday.

    When rescuers arrived at the emergency beacon location, they found an oil slick, buoys, and a life ring.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families.

    Posted by Deadliest Catch on Monday, February 13, 2017

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families,” the “Deadliest Catch” show said in a post on its Facebook page.

    Commercial fishing and crabbing in the Bering Sea is a dangerous business with icy winters, big seas, and heavy equipment.

    The loved ones of the men on board identify them as Charles Glenn Jones, Larry O'Grady, Raymond Vincler, Darrik Seibold, Kai Hamik and Jeff Hathaway. 

    KIRO 7 talked to Larry O'Grady's wife on Monday.  
     
    "It's been the sit and wait game and it just tears you up. There's nothing you can do," said Gail O'Grady. "They have fished up there in terrible weather, but everybody knows their job. Everybody knows that safety first. Whatever happened, happened so fast, that nobody had any time, had any time to send out a Mayday or anything."
     
    The Coast Guard doesn't yet know the cause of the boat's disappearance.
     
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

     

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