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Alaska fishing vessel crew member dies after falling overboard near King Cove


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a 53-year-old man has died after falling overboard a commercial fishing vessel near King Cove.

Troopers were notified Sunday by the Coast Guard about the death of Rudy Paul Duskin Jr. of King Cove.

Troopers say Duskin was on the vessel with the skipper, Burt Bendixen of Palmer, when a large swell struck the vessel as the anchor was being retrieved. Troopers initially provided an incorrect name for the skipper, but corrected it late Tuesday morning.

Duskin was thrown into the water. Troopers say Bendixen radioed a distress call as he tried to rescue Duskin, eventually reaching him.

Bendixen put on a survival suit, entered the water and pulled Duskin to shore, where he was joined by crew members of a responding vessel.

Resuscitation efforts failed. Duskin was pronounced dead.

The body was being sent to the state medical examiner's office.

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