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Julio Morales, an Alaska Ranger survivor, tells his side

Documents gathered by the US National Transportation Safety Board regarding the sinking of the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea, 120 nautical miles west of Dutch on 23 March, 2008 will be made public online at 0900 on 4 September on the  Safety Board’s website.

Five of the 47 persons aboard the vessel died, one falling from a rescue basket as it was being winched into a helicopter.  The wreckage of the Alaska Ranger is at the bottom of the Bering Sea and was not examined.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, Marine Board exhibits, interview transcripts, and other documents from the investigation.

Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.


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