November 19, 2014

MYKONOS SEAS Crewman medevaced

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter medevaced an injured crewman from the bulk carrier MYKONOS SEAS located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, AK on November 16, 2014.

The 17th District Coast Guard Command Center, received a call from the carrier's crew requesting medical help for the injured crewmember. The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac. They flew to the ship, hoisted the crewmember aboard in 11 mph winds and 3' seas. At Cold Bay the crewman received medical care and was flown to Anchorage for additional medical assistance.

November 18, 2014

Intoxicated Captain arrested.

A crew-member aboard the vessel POLAR BEAR called 911 to report that the highly intoxicated captain had run the landing craft aground on Gull Island, near Kodiak, AK harbor.

The Kodiak police reported receiving the 911 call on November 16, 2014 and arrived at the scene of the grounding with assistance from the Kodiak Harbor Master's Office. They found Edward Dyer, 50, highly intoxicated. Police charged Dyer with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and fourth-degree assault.

November 14, 2014

Design Flaw in Ferry Tacoma

A power surge caused by a design flaw destroyed the power cables in the ferry's circuit breaker control, causing the ship to lose power as it approached Bainbridge Island on July 29, 2014. According to Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary for the state Ferries Division.

The ferry MV TACOMA lost power as it headed towards Bainbridge Island with more than 400 passengers aboard. The crew dropped anchor, the first time in 30 years for a WA state ferry, so the ferry wouldn't drift hit the island. The tugboat LINDSEY FOSS towed the TACOMA to Eagle Harbor.

WA State ferry officials estimate that the repairs on the TACOMA and sister ships will cost $1.8 million, and the TACOMA might not be back to work until Spring 2015.

November 9, 2014

Rainbow Quest hits Brooklyn Bridge

At about 10:30 pm, the evening of November 7, 2014, the 590 foot cargo ship RAINBOW QUEST tallest mast clipped the bottom of the Brooklyn Bridge bridge linking Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had already scheduled a routine closure of the bridge late Friday and inspected the span when it was closed. She said there was no damage to the bridge. No injuries were reported.

November 3, 2014

F/V NO LIMITS search for two crew suspended

A spokesperson with the Coast Guard said crews have suspended their search for two missing fishermen after a boat sank near Matinicus Island on Saturday afternoon.

Officials said they received a distress signal around 3:45 p.m. Saturday from the fishing vessel No Limits. The boat is ported in Cushing, Maine.

Efforts to contact the boat went unanswered and a search began covering 130 nautical miles over 17 hours, officials said.

A search helicopter spotted a person in the water on a raft with a flare Saturday. That person, the boat's captain Chris Hutchinson, was taken to Maine Medical Center. He has since been released.

"Whenever our fellow mariners remain missing, especially after an extensive search, it has a huge impact on all us in the local coastal community," said Lt. Cdmr. Timm Balunis, the search and rescue coordinator in a statement. "We ask the community to keep the missing crew and their families in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

The names of the missing men have not been released.

November 3, 2014

F/V NO LIMITS sinks, two missing

The Coast Guard said it has rescued one person but is still looking for two others after a 45 foot fishing vessel sank near Matinicus Island Saturday.

Officials said they received an emergency position indication radio beacon, or EPIRB, from the 45-foot No Limits, which is homeported in Cushing, on about 3:45 pm Saturday.

Efforts to contact the boat went unanswered and a search began covering 130 nautical miles over 17 hours, officials said.

Coast Guard officials said they used a rescue boat, helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod and a boat from the Maine Marine Patrol to search for the boat and its crew. The helicopter's crew spotted a flare fired from a survivor in a life raft and lifted him aboard.

"We safely recovered one crewman, and continue to search for the others," said Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England.

"We have many units covering the area, with plans to add additional assets this evening," he said.

The Coast Guard said the man was taken to Maine Medical Center but they did not release his name or condition.

The search for two others believed to be aboard was continuing and the Coast Guard said it would add more vessels to the search Saturday night.

October 26, 2014

Un-manned barge drifting for Prudhoe Bay

A 134 ft un-manned barge, adrift in the Beaufort Sea after its towline snapped, is headed towards Prudhoe Bay. The barge, carrying 950 gallons of diesel fuel, broke free from the tow vessel and is being driven by high winds into US waters. The Canadian Coast Guard has issued a Notice to Shipping to advise mariners operating in the area.

The US Coast Guard has deployed aircraft to locate the barge and likely trajectory.

Commander Shawn Decker, US Coast Guard Chief of Response, Sector Anchorage said it could be difficult because ice is forming on the Beaufort Sea, and officials have very few vessel options to retrieve the barge.

Weather on scene is reported as 40 mph winds and 12-foot seas.

October 20, 2014

Russian cargo ship adrift

A Russian cargo ship en route to Russia from Washington state that lost power on Thursday night west of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, off B.C.'s north coast, has docked in Prince Rupert. A mechanical failure left the Simushir drifting in heavy seas during the night.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority says the Simushir has been towed to the Fairview Container Terminal, and the vessel is expected to stay for 48 hours for repairs.

A U.S. tug boat arrived Saturday night to tow the disabled ship to port, after a tow line from a Canadian Coast Guard ship snapped three times and set the Simushir adrift again.

The vessel was carrying hundreds of tonnes of bunker and diesel fuel, creating concerns that it could create an environmental disaster.

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October 19, 2014

LADY A, Sunk

Coast Guard Port Angeles received a distress call from the owner of the 67ft recreational vessel LADY A, October 17, 2014. A response boat and helicopter were immediately dispatched to the sight, north of Dungeness Spit, Sequin WA.

The crew of TOKYO EXPRESS, a 664ft tanker transiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca, also sent a response boat to assist. The response boats arrived in time to safely transfer the man and woman from the stricken vessel to the Coast Guard response boat. They were taken to the Port Angeles Coast Guard station, neither were injured.

LADY A sank in 180 ft of water with 700 gallons of diesel in her tanks. Pollution responders from the Coast Guard's incident management division are working with the vessel owner and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged. It is not known at this time why the boat sank.

October 9, 2014

F/V ARLINE grounding, alcohol implicated

The 50-foot fishing vessel ARLINE called the Coast Guard to report grounding in the Swinomish Channel near Anacortes, WA. The Coast Guard Cutter ADELIE assisted, its crew boarded the ARLINE. Coast Guard crewmembers administered breathalyzer tests to the skipper and crew. Results showed blood alcohol contents at .115, above the legal limit of .008. Police took the master into custody.

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September 30, 2014

Marina drowning

On the evening of September 29, 2014, Robert Schrecengost, 59, was found dead in the water at Shilshole Marina. Reportedly, it appears he drowned with no signs of foul play. Seattle Fire Department tried to revive him on route to Harborview Hospital, but to no avail. Schrecengost was a recreational boater and commercial fisherman who lived at the marina on his 31-foot sailboat Del Ray.

September 23, 2014

Diver Decompression sickness - Medevaced

On September 23, 2014 the fishing vessel TERESA JEAN, located off Patos Island in the San Juan Islands, reported a diver in need of immediate assistance. Decompression sickness was diagnosed.

The Coast Guard Response Boat arrived less than 30 minutes later and transferred the injured diver. Ten minutes later, a Coast Guard helicopter from Port Angeles, WA medevaced the 22-year old diver to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

The diver's condition was not known.

September 23, 2014

Crewman medevaced

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter yesterday medevaced an injured crewman off the fishing vessel Icy Mist about 150 miles southeast of Sand Point.

The crewman was reportedly hurt "when a crab pot fell on him during loading operations," the Coast Guard said.

September 18, 2014

F/V Explosion in Valdez

The commercial fishing vessel Fireman exploded this evening in the Valdez harbor adjacent to the Best Western hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

A crewman aboard was able to walk off the vessel after the blast and was transported by ambulance to hospital, the Coast Guard says.

Emergency responders "found the Fireman afloat with the majority of its wheelhouse torn apart by the explosion."

The explosion happened around 7:55 p.m. and the cause is under investigation, the Coast Guard says.

State records show the 35-foot Fireman belongs to Thomas S. Lopez. His address is listed as a postal box in Valdez.

August 31, 2014

Good Samaritan Rescues Eight

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a mayday call from a good Samaritan who found a capsized boat with 8 people, 7 adults and a child, in distress. The good Samaritan was able to pull up the 3 people in the water, while the rest clung to the side of his vessel

A 45-foot Coast Guard response vessel arrived and recovered the rest of the passengers, bringing all to Bainbridge Island, afterwards towing the capsized boat to Eagle Harbor.

Search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard's Puget Sound Sector, Mike Allen, credits the preparedness and response of the good Samaritan as being instrumental in the rescue. 'Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out further and the situation could have become much worse,' he was quoted as saying.