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U.S. COAST GUARD

Daher Jorge

Three months ago, a crab boat went missing in the Bering Sea with no mayday signal. Three days after that, responders called off their unsuccessful search.

Six fishermen died. A vessel was lost. All just a few miles offshore.

The search for answers is still underway: What happened to the F/V Destination?

It’s a Friday night, and the Norwegian Rat Saloon is packed.

DMITRI DANE/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY & U.S. COAST GUARD

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard has cleaned up controversial graffiti that was found spray-painted on a World War II bunker last month.

The slogan read: “#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS,” which led many Unalaskans to suspect crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau.

The vessel was recently decommissioned after nearly 50 years of service, so the crew of another cutter -- the Mellon -- was assigned to cleanup duty last week.

Dmitri Dane/Aleutian Islands Photography

#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS.

That statement has been splashed across the side of a World War II bunker in Unalaska, leaving some residents outraged on social media.

On a rare sunny day in March, Dmitri Dane hiked up the back side of Mount Ballyhoo, where military structures from World War II still look out over the Bering Sea.

"It’s amazing," said Dane. "You can see the mountain range, you can see Hog Island, and the bunkers are on the very edge of the cliff.”

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick fisherman Friday from a vessel in the Bering Sea.

The F/V Kodiak Enterprise was fishing 40 miles north of Cold Bay when the crew requested a medevac for the 55-year-old man.

He was suffering from an “abdominal medical condition,” according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Air Station Kodiak sent an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to rescue the fisherman and take him to Cold Bay, where he was transported to Anchorage for further care.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

A fishing crew was rescued Monday morning after their boat ran aground off Unalaska Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the fishing vessel St. Dominick began taking on water around 10 a.m.

“All of the crew members of the St. Dominick were transported to Dutch Harbor by the Good Samaritan vessel Kona Kai,” she said.

Steenson said it’s unclear how many people were aboard the 50-foot steel boat, which is registered to Zachary Nehus of Unalaska. 

She said the Coast Guard’s only involvement has been to keep an eye on the incident from above.

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