Man on fishing vessel drowns in Gulf of Alaska, troopers say

A man drowned Monday after being lost overboard from a fishing vessel near Cordova, state troopers and the U.S.Coast Guard reported.

The man was identified as Cornell Perry Bean Jr., 40, from the Southeast Alaska village of Kake.

The vessel Esperanza was in the Gulf of Alaska about 29 miles from Cordova when it reported the man overboard about 7:30 a.m., according to troopers and the Coast Guard.

Using a skiff, crew members were able to pull the man back on board and began CPR, but he could not be revived, troopers and the Coast Guard said. Heavy fog made finding him difficult, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

Another vessel and a Coast Guard helicopter responded to the Esperanza. "After arriving on-scene the USCG determined that a medevac was not necessary since CPR had been in progress for well over an hour," the troopers reported in an online dispatch.

Anchorage Daily News /