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Fisherman Survives Near Miss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard says a member of a fishing vessel crew survived after falling overboard without a lifejacket in the frigid waters of Prince William Sound.

Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley says the Seward-based PHOENIX reported the crew member missing at 8:51 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012, a couple minutes after he was last seen.

The Coast Guard issued a marine alert about the incident, which occurred near Green Island.

Mosley says the PHOENIX turned around and found the man, who was not injured.

According to Mosley, the man was in the water for five or six minutes. He says water temperatures at the time were in the low- to-mid 50s.

The man’s name has not been released.

Anderson Carey Alexander is a maritime law firm with offices in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Over the past three decades, we have represented hundreds of injured seamen and families of those lost at sea. In numerous cases, crewmembers have fallen overboard or been cast into the sea after a shipwreck. Unfortunately, in many of these cases death has resulted from drowning or hypothermia. But even in cases where rescue has been accomplished, survivors have sometimes suffered from symptoms of cold water immersion and/or PTSD. Anderson Carey Alexander has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of seamen who have survived a fall overboard and on behalf of the families of those who have perished.

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