August 17, 2015

Unified Command responds to diesel spill in Sitka Sound

A Unified Command has been formed to respond to a release of diesel fuel from the Jarvis St. Power Plant over the weekend.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation pollution responders from Juneau and members of Marine Safety Detachment Sitka are coordinating clean-up efforts with the City of Sitka, National Park Service and tribal organizations.

City of Sitka personnel received a report Saturday of diesel washing ashore in Sitka Sound. City of Sitka notified MSD Sitka personnel who responded and recovered approximately 50 gallons of diesel.

The source was identified from the Jarvis St. Power Plant, Sunday, which had released an estimated 30,000 gallons of diesel into the storage tank facility's secondary containment. An estimated 2,500 gallons of diesel leaked into the storm drain system and into Sitka Sound due to a reported failure of the drain valve.

The models suggest that the amount of diesel that has evaporated since the release is significant.

The containment drain was secured and all diesel in the containment was pumped out recovering an estimated 23,000 gallons. 

An aggressive response has been mounted to minimize the amount of diesel reaching Sitka Sound.  Recovery of oil in the storm drain system and at the outfall of the storm drain with containment boom absorbent materials continues.

There were no reports of injuries, no confirmed reports of impacts to wildlife or the resources of the National Park.

"Cleanup efforts are continuing and we hope to mitigate the effects of the spill and remove the threat of pollution to the environment as quickly as possible," said Chief Warrant Officer Michael Wortman, federal on-scene coordinator. "The Coast Guard will continue to work alongside our federal, state, and local partner agencies in response to this spill."
The cause of the spill is currently under investigation.

August 11, 2015

Coast Guard rescues 2 men from grounded vessel near Ocean Shores, Wash.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a mayday call from a 42ft commercial Fishing Vessel TAMARA at 5:47 a.m., stating the vessel had gone aground. Watchstanders immediately directed the launch the helicopter crew and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor. The boat crew was unable to assist due to shallow water.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., extracted the two mariners and safely transferred them to local EMS personnel at Ocean Park for evaluation. 

Personnel from the Sector Columbia River Incident Management Division , as well as spill responders from the Washington Department of Ecology, are on scene to evaluate the grounded vessel. There has been pollution reported, and CG are working with the vessel owner and Global Diving and Salvage, which has been contracted to address the situation," said Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Owens, a marine science technician at sector. "Sector Columbia River IMD personnel are responding to mitigate and remove the pollution."

Weather on scene was reported as up to 3-foot waves with 5-mile visibility, an air temperature of 58 F and water temperature of 62 F

August 10, 2015

Two rescued from disable F/V YO YO

A man and a pregnant woman were rescued from the disabled 29-foot fishing vessel Yo Yo, homeported in Dillingham, near Togiak in Tvativak Bay Sunday and safely transferred to Togiak.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a report from the crew of the Yo Yo that the vessel's engine was disabled and weather conditions were worsening.  17th District watchstanders requested the launch of the Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak and a C-130 Hercules air plane crew from Kodiak while the crew of the Yo Yo slowly made their way toward safe shelter under minimal power.

The C-130 crew arrived on scene first and monitored the Yo Yo's progress until the vessel's crew reported weather conditions were too dangerous to continue and requested rescue.

There were no reported injuries.  

The weather on scene was reported to consist of 10-foot seas with 35-mph winds and overcast skies.

August 9, 2015

Coast Guard assists vessel sinking near Gold Beach, Ore.

The Coast Guard assisted three people on a sailing vessel taking on water 10 miles west of Gold Beach, Saturday.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Search-and-Rescue detachment Rogue River in Wedderburn, helped the three people dewater the 24-foot sailing vessel Kestrel and then helped safely tow them Brookings.

After watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a mayday call from the vessel over VHF-FM channel 16 at 5:39 p.m., the boatcrew was launched to assist, arriving on scene at 6:22 p.m.

Rescue boatcrew personnel utilized a P-6 dewatering pump to control the water flooding into the sailing vessel. The water was reportedly coming from the area around a broken propulsion shaft on the vessel. 

After controlling the flooding, the boatcrew began towing the vessel toward Brookings. At 9:19 p.m. the Rogue River boatcrew met up with another MLB crew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings, who finished the tow, safely mooring the vessel a little after 1 a.m. Sunday.

August 8, 2015

Coast Guard crews rescue man near Sequim, Wash.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 74-year-old man who had gone missing in the water off Sequim, Saturday.

The MH-65 helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, located and hoisted the man from the water, and safely transferred him to medical personnel at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a report from the man's wife around 12:20 p.m. that he had gone missing while kayaking with his grandson. A 45-foot Response Boat-medium crew out of Station Port Angeles and the aircrew launched to search the area.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as calm with a water temperature of 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

August 4, 2015

Two rescued from F/V Alaska Catch - Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Two men were rescued from F/V Alaska Catch taking on water near Dutch Harbor Tuesday.

The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted the mariners from the fishing vessel Alaskan Catch and safely transported them to Dutch Harbor.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a satellite phone call from the crew of the Alaskan Catch after the vessel began taking on water near Unalga Island east of Dutch Harbor.  The two men aboard the vessel reported the Alaskan Catch was flooding near shore and taking damage due to rocks and waves.  Watchstanders requested the launch of the helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Kodiak while the men donned survival suits.

The C-130 crew arrived to the scene to provide visual and radio contact with the men until the MH-60 crew arrived.  Neither of the men was injured.

Weather on scene was reported to consist of 2-8 foot seas and cloudy skies with 15-23-mph winds.

August 3, 2015

Recreational-Commercial Vessel collisions

The Coast Guard is investigating a possible collision between a commercial vessel and recreational vessels during the Red Bull Flugtag event on the Willamette River near Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Saturday.

An investigating officer from Marine Safety Unit Portland visited the motor vessel Portland Spirit and conducted interviews with crewmembers on Sunday.

MSU Portland revoked the marine event permit for the Red Bull Flugtag event Saturday afternoon, before the reported collision, for the safety of the waterway and the safety of all waterway users.  Spectators were obstructing the channel and restricted its use by waterway users.  The Red Bull event staff was unable to control event spectators and as a result could not prevent hazardous conditions as required by the event permit. 

Event organizers are required by the marine event permit to ensure no restriction is placed on the use of navigable waters by participants or spectators, and that the event shall not obstruct any channel or normal shipping lane, or interfere with any aid to navigation.

Coast Guard personnel on scene observed more than 500 recreational vessels, personal watercraft and paddlecraft. Event organizers listed the expected number of spectator craft at 100 vessels on their marine event permit application.

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Portland and three Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels were on scene to assist event organizers in maintaining a clear waterway and respond to any emergent issues involving spectator safety.  Throughout the day, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., broadcast a safety marine information broadcast instructing spectators to make way and clear the channel to allow commercial traffic to safely transit the area.

The Coast Guard is investigating any actions taken by parties on the water that may have been in violation of maritime law or federal navigation rules.

July 28, 2015

6 saved from a boat fire

A Coast Guard cutter crew and local fire department personnel responded to a fire aboard a pleasure craft with six people aboard near Point Wilson, Monday afternoon.

The six boaters, four kids and two adults, were unharmed in the fire and subsequently transfer to fire personnel aboard Jefferson County Fire Boat Guardian.

At about 4:20 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a distress call from the master of the 32-foot pleasure craft Kloshi Bay stating there was a fire aboard their vessel. The watchstander issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox who was underway nearby.

The crew of the Sea Fox, an 87-foor patrol boat homeported in Bangor, removed the children from the Kloshi Bay and transferred them to the crew of fire boat while emergency responders extinguished the fire.

Once the fire was extinguished, company Vessel Assist was contacted to tow the Kloshi Bay into Port Townsend. The children were also transferred to Port Townsend via the crew of the Guardian.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 4 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

July 28, 2015

Dutch Harbor Medevac

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner from a fish-processing vessel in Beaver Inlet, near Dutch Harbor, Tuesday.

The Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Cold Bay, where they were staged overnight for a different case, and safely hoisted the injured man for transport to emergency medical services in Dutch Harbor.

The crew of the Northern Victor, a 360-foot fish-processing vessel, notified the Coast Guard 17th District command center of the injured crewmember, reportedly suffering from a swollen leg, Tuesday morning.

After transporting the injured man to Dutch Harbor, commercial services arranged a flight out of Dutch Harbor to a higher level of medical care.

Weather on scene was reported as light wind and calm seas.

July 28, 2015

NORTHERN VICTOR - Injured mariner Medevaced

An injured mariner was medevaced from a fish-processing vessel in Beaver Inlet, near Dutch Harbor, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Cold Bay, where they were staged overnight for a different case, and safely hoisted the injured man for transport to emergency medical services in Dutch Harbor.

The crew of the Northern Victor, a 360-foot fish-processing vessel, notified the Coast Guard 17th District command center of the injured crewmember, reportedly suffering from a swollen leg, Tuesday morning.

After transporting the injured man to Dutch Harbor, commercial services arranged a flight out of Dutch Harbor to a higher level of medical care.

Weather on scene was reported as light wind and calm seas.

July 27, 2015

Fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, boatcrew responded to a 30-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Monday.

The boatcrew transferred a dewatering pump and damage control kit to the two boaters and assisted them in controlling the onboard flooding before escorting the vessel to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from the crew aboard Fishing Time of the vessel taking on water due to a four-inch crack in its hull. Watchstanders launched the Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to the scene. 

"The capability of our boatcrews to transport dewatering pumps to vessels can often prevent a small problem from turning into a life-or-death situation," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Yonk, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. "It's always good for a mariner to be proactive and not wait until the last minute to notify the Coast Guard."

Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas and 15 mph winds.

July 23, 2015

Cruise ship passenger Medevaced

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew medevaced an 83 year-old man experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack aboard a cruise ship approximately 70 miles east of Kodiak Island, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man, along with a nurse from the ship, and transferred them to awaiting emergency medical services at Air Station Kodiak.
Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Statendam of a passenger suffering a possible heart attack and requested assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.

"The Coast Guard is routinely called upon to conduct medevacs from cruise ships in Alaska," said Lt. Joey Schlosser, a Coast Guard 17th District operations unit watchstander. "Our hoist-capable helicopters allow us to transport patients and reduce the time it takes for them to receive medical care."

The weather at the time of the medevac was reported as 15 mph winds with 5-foot seas.

July 22, 2015

F/V Flying Fish crew saved in Oregon

WARRENTON, Ore. -- Coast Guard rescued three fishermen off a 30-foot fishing vessel sinking 19 miles off of Tillamook Bay, Tuesday.

The fishermen were safely hoisted from their Garibaldi based fishing vessel, Flying Fish, at 2:30 p.m. and transferred to awaiting emergency medical services at Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi.

Search-and-rescue watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, responded to a mayday call from the crew of the fishing vessel shortly after 2 p.m., stating their vessel was taking on water. The watchstanders diverted the crews of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Tillamook Bay.

"This case is an excellent example of what to do in an emergency on the water," said Lt. Cmdr. James Gibson, Jayhawk helicopter pilot at Air Station Astoria. "The fishermen contacted the Coast Guard in a timely manner, were prepared with an emergency beacon, a back up radio, life jackets and immersion suits. Their preparation helped ensure their safety and made it easy for us to find them."

After the Jayhawk crew safely rescued the fishermen, the MLB crew continued to the vessel's last known location. Upon arrival to the area at 3:15 p.m., the crew reported that the fishing vessel had sunk and a debris field and an oily sheen were all that remained.
The vessel was carrying an unknown amount of fuel when it sank.

The cause of the sinking is unknown at this time.

The weather and sea conditions were reported as 6 to 10-foot seas with wind speeds of 11mph and gusts up to 27mph. 

July 20, 2015

4 rescued from grounded vessel in San Juan Islands

SEATTLE -- A Coast Guard aircrew rescued four people after their vessel ran aground near Eagle Point, San Juan Island, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 1:20 p.m. from a good Samaritan vessel, reporting that a 23-foot recreational vessel had run hard aground.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham were launched to assist.

The aircrew arrived on scene around 2:13 p.m. and observed the vessel rocking heavily. All four people were able to make it out of the boat and onto the rocks, where they were hoisted by the aircrew. All four people were transferred to EMS waiting on a local road at 3 p.m. with no reported injuries.

Vessel Assist was unable to recover the vessel due to its location. Coast Guard officials are working with the owner to develop a salvage plan.

There have been no reports of pollution from the grounded vessel.

The incident is under investigation.

Weather on scene was reportedly 1 to 5 foot seas and 14-mph winds.

July 15, 2015

2 rescued from capsized vessel, Bellingham, Wash.

A Coast Guard boatcrew rescued two people after their sailing vessel capsized in Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham, Wednesday.

The sailors were taken to the Squalicum Marina in good condition and declined medical attention.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Bellingham received a phone call at 2:41p.m. from a local resident, reporting that a sailing vessel had capsized and two people were in the water.
Station Bellingham crews launched a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium to assist. The crew arrived on scene around 2:48 p.m. and found one person in the water and the other person holding on to the overturned 13-foot sailing vessel.

The sailboat became stuck in the mud after capsizing, and officials at the Bellingham Yacht Club, who own the vessel, are arranging to remove it.

The weather on scene was reportedly 1 to 3 foot seas, 10 to 20 mph winds, and an air and water temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit.