May 15, 2015

Coast Guard Collision causes Injuries

A Coast Guard helicopter crew transferred two men to Neah Bay after they were injured in an apparent collision between their disabled recreational boat and a responding Coast Guard vessel 30 miles west of La Push, Thursday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles safely transported them to emergency medical personnel in Neah Bay and a Washington State Fish and Wildlife boatcrew took the remaining five boaters aboard and towed the disabled recreational vessel to La Push.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call over VHF-FM channel 16 from the master of the Nauti Cat reporting their vessel was disabled due to a dead battery and requesting assistance for the seven-person crew aboard the vessel participating in a recreational halibut derby. The watchstanders dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River to respond.  While taking the vessel in tow it was reported that a collision occurred between the response boat and the Nauti Cat. 

Two of the passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries and the hull of the Nauti Cat was cracked above the waterline.

The Dolphin helicopter crew was diverted to provide medical transport for the two men to more advanced medical care.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as overcast skies, with 10 mph winds and 2 -foot seas. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

May 14, 2015

Fire in Columbia River - crew safe

Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire at the mouth of the Columbia River, Wednesday.
A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment arrived after the fire was extinguished by onboard suppressant systems and reportedly secured any source of potential pollution while towing the disabled, 34-foot vessel to Ilwaco, Washington.

Watchstanders at Station Cape Disappointment received a call for help on VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 11:57 a.m., from the fishermen aboard the Sea Nile, stating that they had a fire in their engine room and were adrift. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Cape Disappointment immediately responded and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria launched to assist as needed.

Arriving on scene, the MLB crew was able to work with the fishermen to minimize any further potential for fire or pollution. A tow was quickly established between the two boats and the vessel was safely taken to Ilwaco where it was met by Coast Guard vessel inspectors.

"The vessel's fire suppression system worked as intended and a potential life threatening situation was quickly under control," said Chief Petty Officer Matthew Degerolamo, an operations specialist at Sector Columbia River. "The vessel's onboard equipment, along with the quick thinking of the fishermen helped ensure they were safe and that help was coming once the incident occurred. Without their preparedness, a situation like this could have turned deadly."

Coast Guard pollution responders have determined that there is no current threat of pollution from the damaged vessel. Coast Guard vessel inspectors are performing an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The helicopter crew was released from the response and continued with scheduled operations.

May 14, 2015

Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters

Coast Guard crews rescued three boaters from a beach near Skamokawa, Washington, after they reportedly hit a navigational buoy with their boat and began taking on water on the Columbia River, Tuesday night.

A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment aboard a 29-foot Response Boat - Small II safely transported the boaters up river to Cathlamet.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a mayday call on VHF-FM radio channel 16 at about 11 p.m., from the boaters aboard the Midnight Rocket, stating their situation. The watchstanders diverted an inflight MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, and directed the launch of the Cape Disappointment boatcrews aboard the RBS-II and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat. 

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May 11, 2015

Coast Guard medevac hiker

A Coast Guard helicopter crew and local responders medevaced a reportedly unconscious hiker suffering from heat exhaustion from Saddle Mountain near Seaside, Saturday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, hoisted the 24-year-old female hiker and safely transferred her to medical personnel at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a call from Hammond Fire Department personnel around 6:17 p.m., requesting assistance in transporting the reportedly unresponsive hiker.

Weather on-scene was reportedly an air temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit with 12 miles of visibility.

May 5, 2015

F/V SEA BEAST sinks, Master missing

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen and is currently searching for the master of a 52-foot fishing vessel after it reportedly took on water, capsized and subsequently sank 14 miles offshore of Quillayute River, Sunday.

A Coast Guard Station Quillayute River 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark are searching for the master of the Sea Beast who remains missing.
"The Coast Guard is actively searching for the master of the Sea Beast near Quillayute River and anyone in the area with information about the case is asked to call the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center on VHF-FM radio Channel 16 or at 206-217-6001," said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Morales, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. "Fortunately the other three crewmembers were able to safely abandon ship and have been recovered in good condition."

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April 28, 2015

Bulk Carrier detained: safety violations

The 738-foot bulk carrier Kind Seas, was detained by USCG when significant safety violations were found during an inspection in Kalama, Washington, Friday.

Coast Guard inspectors from the Marine Safety Unit in Portland discovered discrepancies during a routine inspection of the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, built in 1998. 

Safety violations related to a complete failure of the emergency generator, which provides power to emergency equipment including the emergency firefighting pump system. Other discrepancies include deficient structural fire boundary doors to prevent the spread of a fire, inoperable bilge pumps, waste oil accumulation in engine compartments, and inoperable life saving communication equipment.

"Shipboard fires pose severe risk to vessel crews, the vessel, and the port," said Capt. Patrick Ropp, commanding officer and officer in charge of marine inspection at MSU Portland. "The deficiencies were determined to pose significant risk to the vessel's crew and the marine environment indicating that the vessel is unfit to proceed to sea."

Coast Guard vessel inspectors are working with the Kind Seas' flag state and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, the vessel's classification society responsible for certificating vessel construction and engineering, and the vessel's crew, owner, and managing company to make essential repairs.

The Kind Seas, owned by Fairplay Maritime Ltd., is a bulk carrier, which loaded corn and wheat in Kalama and will depart for Japan after the safety violations have been corrected.

April 22, 2015

Coast Guard JayHawk Rescues 3

JUNEAU, Alaska Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued three mariners after a fire started on board their 82-foot vessel north of Kodiak Island Tuesday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the mariners from their life raft in Stevenson Entrance, approximately 60 miles north of Kodiak, and transported them safely to Kodiak.
"We couldn't fight the fire, it was too smoky" said Scott Beckstrom, captain of the Northern Pride. "So we made a distress call, put on our survival suits, manually launched the life raft and got in safely, turned on the EPIRB and waited for our heroes who came within a half hour."

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April 9, 2015

Coast Guard terminates 2 voyages for safety

Coast Guard crews operating in Rosario Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca terminated the voyages of two commercial fishing vessels for safety gear concerns in the past 36 hours. One vessel was near Anacortes, the second in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Both vessels were safely escorted to port and will remain in port until commercial fishing vessel examiners from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, verify safety deficiencies have been corrected.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Daybreak in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Thursday, April 5, 2015. Law enforcement officers observed a lack of life raft, visual distress signals or emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard. There was also an insufficient number of immersion suits aboard. Wahoo's crew safely escorted the vessel to Neah Bay.

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April 3, 2015

Russian Trawler Sinks - 56 Dead - Ice, or Safety Violation?

The Russian trawler the Dalniy Vostok went down in the Sea of Okhotsk, off the Kamchatka peninsula, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement, at around 06:30 local time (20:30 GMT Wednesday).

56 people so far confirmed dead. The captain was reported to be among the dead. The trawler sank within 15 minutes. Sixty-three people have been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to officials in Russia's Far East, but 13 are reported missing.

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April 2, 2015

Coast Guard medevac near Cold Bay, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a mariner experiencing abdominal complications from the fishing vessel U.S. Intrepid 30 miles south of Cold Bay Sunday.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted the 19-year-old man and transported him to Cold Bay, where an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew landed to transfer him to a higher level of care in Kodiak.

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March 10, 2015

F/V Savannah Ray still stranded and leaking diesel

The cod boat Savannah Ray, which wrecked Feb. 16 east of Kodiak, remains stranded and leaking diesel, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Global Diving & Salvage has been hired to recover the vessel. "We continue to monitor the situation and have not observed any impacts to the shoreline or wildlife, or any visible damage to the hull of the vessel," the Coast Guard says.

February 28, 2015

F/V Alaskan Dream - crewman dead

On 2/28/14 Alaska State Troopers were notified of a death on the F/V Alaskan Dream.

Investigation revealed that crewmember Sean O'Callahan, 29, of Florida, had passed away in his bunk sometime during the night while the vessel was headed for a fishing area near the south end of Kodiak Island. The vessel returned and met troopers in Kodiak. The state medical examiner was contacted and O'Callahan's remains were shipped to Anchorage for an autopsy. Nothing suspicious was observed during the investigation and next of kin has been notified.

February 18, 2015


February 16, the Alaska Coast Guard noted a 406 EPIRB alert from the SAVANNAH RAY, an 81-foot Fish Tender. Coast Guard watch-standers instigated radio checks to determine if the vessel needed assistance and received an incomplete MAYDAY from the crew.

The vessel was aground in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak, Alaska, the four crewmen on board had donned their survival suits and deployed the life raft. A Jayhawk from Kodiak flew to the grounded tender, retrieved the four fishermen, and flew them to emergency medical services in Kodiak. The weather at the time of the rescue was reported as 51 mph winds with 11-foot seas.

February 15, 2015

Crewman fingers severed

285' Factory Trawler AMERICAN TRIUMPH called the Coast Guard on Feb 12, 2015 to report that a 36-year old man had two of his fingers severed by a steel door.

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cold Bay flew 92 miles north to the trawler, safely medevaced the man, and flew him back to Cold Bay for emergency medical services.

The factory trawler AMERICAN TRIUMPH (previously named ACONA) was built by the Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland, Oregon, in 1961.

January 29, 2015

Fisherman presumed dead

On Sunday, January 25, 2015 a small recreational fishing boat, caught between large ocean swells and crashing surf, capsized near Paradise Point in Port Orford, Oregon. The capsize dumped all three passengers into the water. Michael Fowler, 38, and Ariana Hall, 19, who was wearing a life vest, struggled through the surf to get to shore. The third passenger, Albert Self, 37, yelled for help in the ocean surf. All three are from Port Orford, Oregon.

Beachcombers Jim and Medette Hayman immediately called 911 at 1:45 pm and assisted Fowler and Hall to safety. Other beachcombers also ran to assist. Albert Self could not be reached before he disappeared in the waves. It is believed he was not wearing a life vest.

The Coast Guard responded along with members of the Coos County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement. Crews searched for Self for nine hours, covering more than 169 miles without finding him.

Deputies searched the beach on Monday morning using all-terrain vehicles with no sightings on Monday.