Coast Guard seeking fishing boat finds debris in Aleutians

A major search was building Wednesday for a fishing boat that's missing in remote Aleutian Islands waters with 11 crewmen aboard.

Crews on U.S. Coast Guard aircraft, responding early this morning to a radio distress signal, found signs of a potential disaster, including a survival suit, a partially deflated life raft, an emergency beacon and strobe lights in the North Pacific about 100 miles west of Adak Island.

"They have not seen any signs of the fishing vessel or the people aboard the fishing vessel," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read.

The boat is named the Katmai and is 93 feet long. It was hauling a catch of Pacific cod back to the major fishing port of Dutch Harbor, Read said.The boat's homeport is Kodiak.

The Coast Guard has launched two C-130 airplanes and a helicopter from Kodiak. An Alaska Air National Guard C-130 and a helicopter are joining in.

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