Alaska fisherman dies after boat sinks during salmon fishing operation

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UNALASKA, Alaska (KTUU) - A man fishing for salmon in the waters near Morris Cove died after the boat he was on sank and capsized.

David Ray Long, 55 of Unalaska, and a fishing partner were aboard the boat, according to Unalaska Police Deputy Chief Jennifer Shockley. Both men abandoned the ship as it began to take on water, but only one made it to shore. Long was later found dead and his body recovered.

The incident took place near Morris Cove. The two local fishermen were setting a net to catch salmon when Shockley said something went wrong and they encountered problems with the net and the motor.

Long and his fishing partner swam to shore to get help, but Long didn't make it there. According to Shockley, both men were wearing life vests at the time.

Shockley said Long was an employee of seafood processor Unisea. Shockley said he was not a commercial fisherman, and was fishing recreationally at the time.

Multiple agencies responded, including the Coast Guard, Unalaska Police, and the port authority.