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More testimony planned in deadly sinking

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Associated Press - March 29, 2008 2:35 PM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Federal officials on Saturday will continue investigating how water entered a 203-foot fishing boat off the Aleutian Islands and quickly flooded and sank it.

A marine investigation board is taking testimony in the sinking early Easter Sunday of the Alaska Ranger. Five crewmen on board died.

First Engineer James Madruga testified Friday that no water had entered the rudder room before the vessel departed Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island.

The boat, equipped to catch, gut and freeze fish, had traveled about 120 miles when it sank.

Coast Guard investigator Captain Mike Rand says water apparently entered from the back end before the boat rolled, righted itself and sank by its stern.

Forty-two people were rescued from the Seattle-based ship.

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