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Massachusetts Native Goes Down with Ship

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The captain of a ship sinking in the Bering Sea put his crew first — and that's the reason most of them survived.

Captain Eric Jacobsen and three crew members died of hypothermia in the frigid waters off Alaska, unable to make it to life rafts in 20-foot seas and winds blowing about 30 miles-per-hour.

Jacobsen's daughter, Karen Jacobsen of Hingham, says her father "would be the last one off the ship'' if it was going down.

State troopers have interviewed crew members from the ship's sister vessel, the Alaska Warrior, which assisted in the rescue efforts. Those interviews indicate the captain likely took care of others before himself.

Forty-two crew members from the Seattle-based Alaska Ranger were rescued. The Coast Guard today suspended the search for the lone crew member still missing.

This program aired on March 26, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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