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

F/T SAVANNAH RAY Crew Rescued

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.

January 20, 2015

F/V EYAK Sinks

In a Monday Alaska State Trooper dispatch, troopers say the U.S. Coast Guard called them for assistance at about 5:45 a.m. after the 80-foot F/V Eyak ran aground, then began to take on water about 16 miles south of Sitka.

Rescuers picked up four people from a grounded 80-foot tender Monday morning, just before Alaska State Troopers say it sank near the Southeast Alaska town of Sitka.

None of the four people aboard the damaged vessel -- including the captain, 48-year-old Sitka resident David Castle, and Port Alexander crew members Debra Rose, 49, Charles Wlaslewski, 23, and Anna Zimmerman 29 -- were injured during the incident.

"An Alaska Wildlife Trooper vessel and a Sitka Mountain Rescue vessel with divers responded to the scene and recovered the captain and crew members from the sinking vessel at (7:55 a.m.)," troopers wrote. "The vessel flipped and sank shortly after and only a small portion remained above water."

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert said the two responding vessels were carrying a pump for the Eyak, with the vessel's crew splitting up during the sinking.

"The ship's master put two crew members in a life raft tied to the Eyak, while two remained on board to dewater," Eggert said.

According to Eggert, Castle reported that the Eyak still had about 500 gallons of fuel aboard when it went under. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation to ensure the vessel's salvage and recovery.

Troopers say a good Samaritan vessel was attempting to drag the Eyak to a better grounded location Monday morning.

January 16, 2015

F/V IRENE H - Crewman Medevaced

A crab fisherman reportedly injured his abdomen while pulling crab pots in Shelikof (SHELL'-luh-cough) Strait on the F/V IRENE H on Jan 13, 2015. Crew from the vessel called the Coast Guard to request medical assistance. Kodiak Coast Guard Air Station responded with a Jayhawk helicopter.

Weather conditions were reportedly 25 mph winds and 7-foot seas.

"The operation was challenging from the start," said Lt. Greg Dahl, pilot of the Jayhawk. "The dynamic weather conditions made for a rough ride but once on scene, the captain and crew of the vessel were very cooperative which enabled us to smoothly execute a successful rescue."

The injured man was hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Kodiak, for ongoing medical care.

December 29, 2014

Skiff Hits Rocks - Two Rescued, One Charged

A man and woman have been rescued after their 17-foot skiff ran aground near Kanga Bay, south of Sitka, Alaska, on Dec 27. Both being thrown overboard, the man injured his head and face, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. The boat drifted away stranding the couple.

Sitka emergency operators received a 911 call and dispatched a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka. A Sitka Fire Department boat also responded to the scene. The two people were hoisted to the helicopter and flown to Sitka for medical treatment.

Weather at the time of the rescue was clear with 11 mph winds and temperature of about 29 degrees.

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December 23, 2014

Naval Base Drowning

A boating accident at Kitsap Naval Base in Bangor, WA on December 11, 2014, caused the death of William Smith, 50, of Bangor, WA.

Smith worked on base for the subcontractor Homeland Security Solutions (HSSI). Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause and circumstances of Smith's death. The HSSI's program manager, could not provide details until investigations, including those by the Navy are complete. The Kitsap County Coroner's Office confirmed that the cause of death was drowning.

December 16, 2014

F/V TRAILBLAZER Crewman Med-Evaced

A crew member's hand having been crushed in a crab pot launcher, crew-mates from the 120-foot fishing vessel TRAILBLAZER called the Alaska Coast Guard on Thursday, December 11, 2014 to report that immediate medical care was needed.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac, and a Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew flew to the vessel located approximately 75 miles north of Cold Bay. They med-evaced the 23-year old crewman to Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic in Cold Bay for further medical assistance.

Weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds, 10 miles visibility and 37 degrees temperature.

December 16, 2014

F/V TITAN Grounded in Columbia River near Ilwaco

Crew from the F/V TITAN called The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River At 2:16 am on Friday, December 5, 2014, to report they had grounded off the A-jetty on the north side of the Columbia River near Ilwaco, WA. The 78-foot vessel's engine room was flooding and dewatering efforts had failed.

The Coast Guard responded with a 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) crew from Cape Disappointment and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Astoria, Oregon. They transferred a dewatering pump to the TITAN crew, but the flooding could not be stopped. The five TITAN crew members then donned their survival suits, deployed the anchor to help secure the vessel, and stepped onto the MLB. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding and will monitor the clean up.