Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Heroic Fishing Boat Captain Drowned When Vessel Sank Off Aleutian Is.

Heroic Fishing Boat Captain Drowned When Vessel Sank Off Aleutian Is.

The fishing boat captain who drowned when his vessel sank off Alaska's Aleutian Islands died doing what he believed was his calling: manning a ship and sacrificing his life to save others when trouble arose in the rough waters, his daughter said.

Capt. Eric Peter Jacobsen, 65, was among four crew members who perished in the accident early Easter morning. A fifth remains missing and is presumed dead.

"I think that’s the way he would have wanted to go," Karen Jacobsen, 43, of Hingham, Mass., said in a phone interview. "He died doing what he loved to do — and really, he was a hero."
The Coast Guard searched through the night for the ship's missing crew member. The Seattle-based Alaska Ranger started taking on water shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday after losing control of its rudder 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor, which is on Unalaska Island.

The 42 other crew members were rescued.

"He always said he would be the last one out if anything ever happened and would go down with the ship to save people," Jacobsen said. The crew respected her father and affectionately called him "Captain Pete," she told FOXNews.com in an interview.



Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Leadership in any situation calls for more duty and sacrifice than most want to give. This gentleman embodied the idea.
His memory will remain evergreen with the men and their families and friends, a fitting memorial, to have a man tell his children about what a man truly is!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

How you feeling? Over the exercise woes?

3:27 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

That was really a beautiful tribute, TMW!

He lived in Lynnwood, not far from us... My sis works for the produce company that supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to the store in Dutch Harbor where they go to process their fish and seafood. Their supplier comes into her office and talks about the men and boats, from time to time...

It was really sad...

P.S. Yes, I'm doing better--thanks, hon! I started raising the incline so I didn't have to walk so fast or hard to get my heart rate up there--it's a LOT easier on my joints!

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Oy, joints...ugh!
It's just a heartfelt description of a true man, they are out there, they just have been overshadowed with feminazis, pc and false guilt!
That makes them even rarer gems...
That strikes awful close to home...


2:56 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

Thanks to everyone for their tribute to these fine men. The Captain and some of the crew were from Seattle. Many Seattle companies work with the fishing boats out of Dutch Harbor.

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