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By Zaz Hollander
Anchorage Daily News 

Troller crew rescued as boat sinks off Chichagof Island

 


Howard Starbard knew he had a problem when the pumps couldn’t keep up with the water pouring into his 37-foot commercial fishing boat, Miss Amy.

The 63-year-old retired Alaska State Troopers commander couldn’t know he was about to spend 45 minutes in the sea, fighting to stay afloat before a relative, two Good Samaritan vessels and the U.S. Coast Guard intervened to help him survive his boat’s sinking off the Southeast community of Pelican.

Starbard was power trolling for king salmon during a commercial opener July 4 with his 13-year-old grandson and 35-year-old nephew about three mil...



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