The National Transportation Safety Board has released a Marine Accident Brief about the flooding and sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Pacific 1 on February 15, 2019, as it was engaged in cod fishing in the Bering Sea near Kashega Bay, Unalaska Island, Alaska. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the sinking was the captain’s decision to remain at sea with continuous flooding in the lazarette from an undetermined source, which accelerated and eventually led to the sinking of the vessel. The vessel was considered a total constructive loss valued at an estimated $720,000. According to the captain and engineer, the vessel had a tendency to list slightly to starboard due to the weight and location of the pot launcher and placement of bait within the bait hold on the starboard side, which they would even out with the consumption of fuel oil. There was no seawater ballast available on board to correct the list.  The deckhands stated that on the afternoon of February 12, when they were loading the last string of pots for the day, they noticed about a foot of water on the aft main deck that was not clearing as they worked, as well as an increasing list to starboard. The...