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Two survive after vessel capsizes


August 12, 2006
Saturday AM

A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted the people aboard the vessel Silver Fox 1 in the recovery of a 75-year-old man after his 16-foot vessel capsized with three people on board near Homer in vicinity of Dangerous Cape Friday.


The Coast Guard received a call at 1:43 p.m. Friday from the crew of the Silver Fox 1 reporting they were responding to a capsized vessel, and had retrieved Mike Speece and Charles Speece from the water. Gene Speece, owner of the capsized boat  was under the hull. The crew of the Silver Fox 1 was unable to rescue him.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak arrived on scene and deployed a rescue swimmer to retreive the man from under the hull.

The 75-year-old was recovered by the rescue swimmer and hoisted into the Jayhawk. Speece was not breathing and ressucitation attempts were conducted aboard the helicopter enroute to Homer.

Speece was transferred to waiting emergency medical personnel in Homer and was reported deceased.

Mike Speece and Charles Speece were transported to Homer Harbor where they were met by the Alaska State Troopers.

A small boat crew launched from the Coast Guard cutter Ronoake Island arrived on scene and assisted the vessel Seatow in salvage operations of the capsized boat.

The 16-foot vessel was righted, and towed across the bay to Seldovia.


United States Coast Guard


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