3 rescued, 1 missing after fishing boat SEA BEAST capsizes at sea

The Coast Guard rescued 3 crewmen of the fishing vessel SEA BEAST off Washington State.  They continue to search for the master of the vessel. This 52 foot commercial vessel was built in 1974. While the SEA BEAST had been issued a Fishing Vessel Safety decal on March 12, 2015, this type of a safety examination attempts to ensure that the fishing vessel has the safety equipment on board to help the crew survive a casualty – such as immersion suits.

This is just the type of casualty that Congress was trying to prevent by enacting the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.  Section 604(e) of that law required all new commercial vessels over 50 feet in length to be built and maintained to standards established by an approved classification society. This law, for the first time, established design and construction standards for commercial fishing vessels to prevent capsizings, floodings and sinkings in the most dangerous industry in the United States. Existing commercial fishing vessels over 50 feet in length, such as the SEA BEAST, must meet Alternate Compliance Standards beginning on January 1, 2020. Existing vessels could not meet class standards because, for example, classing begins with blueprint and plan review and approval before the vessel was built.

KOMO News Story

Here is a USCG Video of their search and response:

Coast Guard – SEA BEAST video

According to the Coast Guard, this is the basic information regarding the SEA BEAST:

Vessel Name: SEA BEAST
VIN: 560484
Hull Number:
Vessel Call Sign: WAY5666
Build Year: 1974
Service: Commercial Fishing Vessel
Length: 52.0 ft
Breadth: 15.1 ft
Depth: 8.1 ft
Alternate VINs: CG131209560484,
IMO Number:

Service Information: Tonnage Information:
Service: In Service
Out Of Service Date: N/A
Last Removed From Service By: N/A
Gross Tonnage(GRT): 42
Net Tonnage(NRT): 34
Gross Tonnage(GT ITC):
Cargo Authority:

Vessel Documents and Certifications
Document Agency Date Issued Expiration Date
Fishing Vessel Decal USCG March 12, 2015 March 12, 2017
Fishing Vessel Decal USCG April 25, 2013 April 25, 2015
Fishing Vessel Decal USCG March 9, 2011 March 9, 2013
Fishing Vessel Decal USCG March 23, 2006 March 23, 2008
Fishing Vessel Decal USCG August 4, 2004 August 4, 2006
Fishing Vessel Decal USCG July 1, 2004 July 1, 2006
Fishing Vessel Decal uscg March 3, 2002 March 3, 2004

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