National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Brief
Sinking of Motor Vessel Exito
NTSB report here (pdf)
From the NTSB report
On December 6, 2016, about 2140 local time, the uninspected motor vessel Exito sank
while transiting from Dutch Harbor to Akutan, Alaska. During the transit, the vessel had been
struck by a wave and began listing to starboard. Unable to determine the source of the list as it progressively increased, the captain ordered the Exito’s second crewmember and three contractors who were also on board to don immersion suits and abandon the vessel. The crew and one contractor evacuated to a liferaft, but two contractors were unable to escape the Exito before it sank. The survivors were recovered shortly after by a good Samaritan vessel. US Coast Guard aircraft, a Coast Guard cutter, and other vessels searched for the missing contractors, but they were never found. About 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, twelve 55-gallon drums of anti-freeze, and an industrial X-ray machine were released into the sea when the vessel sank. The Exito, valued at about $310,000, was lost.