KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard carried out a dramatic rescue of three crew members on a fishing boat as it sank in the Gulf of Alaska, but was unable to save a crewman who was dead by the time officers arrived.

The three who survived suffered hypothermia but were in stable condition early Wednesday because they wore protective gear, said Dr. Phil Hess at Cordova Community Medical Center in Cordova, Alaska. The crewman who died suffered a head trauma while exiting the boat, but it's not clear if he died from the injury or hypothermia, said Hess.

A Coast Guard plane dropped a life raft to the crew members before a helicopter arrived and pulled them from the water.

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