That Alarming Phone Call…

My phone rang at 7:00 this morning (Sunday). I thought it was one of the children of a good friend playing with her cell phone, so I let the call go. At 8:00 a.m., my phone rang again.

This time, I answered it.

I can’t go into too much detail, but suffice it to say, it was the wife of one of George’s crewmembers calling to inform me that another wife had been in  serious accident the night before, and everyone was trying to reach our boat out on the fishing grounds of SE Alaska.

The Coast Guard had been called, text messages were typed, voice mails were left, e-mails were written, the satellite phone was dialed.

Regardless, we could reach absolutely nobody. As my oldest sister, Cassandra, pointed out, “Isn’t it amazing that with all of this modern technology, when there is an emergency, nobody can reach ANYONE?”

This is the scary thing about commercial fishing. You pray for the men on deck, but at the same time, those of us at home need prayers, too. This is not an easy way to live and although it definitely has its rewards, days like these are what keep commercial fishing families bonded and united….and on edge. 

My best to our good friends, and of course, we are all here to help any way that we can. Love to you all!


  1. Jen – so sorry to hear about the emergency. I have no idea what it must be like not to be able to get in touch with anyone. Thoughts and prayers with you and the crew’s families

    • Thank you so much, Nebraska. I have to admit that after a lifetime in this industry (and four generations before me!) I’m rather unnerved by this latest turn of events. We just keep calling and texting each other to check for updates and see if there is anything we can do. It honestly breaks my heart on both ends; sea and shore. Ugh. Thank you again. It means a lot to all of us!

  2. Jen I am sorry to hear the news. I will keep her in our prayers here. I hope all is well and that she is healing.

    • Hi Jenni and Kim, thanks so much for writing. The boat was finally reached by cell phone during some spotty areas of coverage….in addition, other boats fishing in the area notifed our boat that the Coast Guard was trying to reach them. The community of fishing vessels is so wonderful that way. Ears are always open, ship radios are always on. Thank you so much for your thoughts, and I will pass them along! I haven’t been able to think about much else this week.

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