March 16, 2014

Welding Explosion

A crewman died this week in an explosion aboard the Bering Sea factory trawler Alaska Ocean, Unalaska police said.

Preliminary investigation found that welding set off gas inside a storage locker that held a leaking acetylene tank, said Mike Holman, Unalaska deputy chief.

The blast unhinged the locker door, which struck Franz d'Alquen, 48, from Arizona. He was declared deceased shortly thereafter.

The accident happened at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. The Alaska Ocean was about 165 miles out of Unalaska at the time.

The 376-foot vessel belongs to Seattle-based Glacier Fish Co.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office, Holman said.

March 15, 2014

F/V Seeker ManOverboard - Search Suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard just announced it has suspended the active search for a man reported overboard north of Unimak Island in the Bering Sea.

Searchers covered 64 square miles over 10 hours.

The Coast Guard said it received a report this morning from the Seafreeze Alaska that a crewmember of the F/V Seeker had gone overboard.

State records list the owner of the 98-foot Seeker as James M. Seavers, of Newport, Ore.

The Coast Guard has not named the missing man.

A Coast Guard helicopter completed one search of the area, returned to Cold Bay to refuel, and completed a second search. The cutter Alex Haley assisted the search.

March 14, 2014

Crab Pot injury

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter conducted a medevac this morning for a man who was 'suffering from numerous injuries after a crab pot fell on him.'

The injury occurred aboard the F/V Miss Courtney Kim near Sanak Island, the Coast Guard said.

The patient, who wasn't identified, was picked up at King Cove and carried to Cold Bay. From there, he was transferred to Anchorage.

March 14, 2014

Crewman Overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard says a search is under way for a man reported overboard from the F/V Seeker 10 miles northwest of Unimak Island in the Bering Sea.

A Coast Guard helicopter out of Cold Bay and several good Samaritan vessels are searching the area. The cutter Alex Haley also is responding.

Conditions on scene include winds of 35 miles per hour with 10-foot seas.

March 14, 2014

F/V Shirley Crewman MedEvaced

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured crewman from the fishing vessel Shirley R, 31 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., March 13, 2014. The fisherman reportedly suffered a fall onboard and had loss consciousness for a short while before regaining consciousness and being medevaced.

The man was taken in stable condition by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

March 10, 2014

Saved by Samaritans

The crews of 30-foot F/V MISS JANA and 50-foot F/V EQUINOX, both hailing out of Cordova, AK, and owned by Leslie P. Allen of Valdez, came to the rescue of three people whose 36-foot Belltech 5 was sinking near Valdez Wednesday night.

The Belltech 5 had already sunk with her crew already in the water when MISS JANA arrived to pull them out. The three rescued men were then transferred to EQUINOX, which in turn transferred them to the Coast Guard for further transport for medical care. Conditions at that time included snow, 7mph winds, and 3-foot seas.

According to the Coast Guard, the Belltech 5 sunk to a depth of 1,200 with no noted pollution. The three men are alive thanks to their timely communication via the proper channel, VHF 16, the Coast Guard's quick response, and two Good Samaritan fishing vessel crews.

March 1, 2014

OCEAN PHOENIX MedEvac # 3

For the third time this month, a Coast Guard helicopter has retrieved a medical patient off the Bering Sea processing ship Ocean Phoenix.

Tuesday Feb 25 medevac involved a crewman, described as 25 to 30 years old, with a "severe injury to his left hand," the Coast Guard said. The 680-foot Ocean Phoenix was 85 miles northwest of Cold Bay. Coast Guard medevaced the man from OCEAN PHOENIX via helicopter to Cold Bay, and from there he was taken to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

The crewman's name and current condition have not been released. At the time of his medevac, winds were at 35mph winds with 10-foot seas.

Previously this month: February 16, one of the crewmen was medevaced for an eye injury, February 13, a 25-year-old crewmember was medevaced because she was experiencing chest pains.

February 20, 2014

OCEAN PHOENIX crewman eye injury

OCEAN PHOENIX crew members contacted the Coast Guard, requesting a medevac for a 30-year-old crewmate who had suffered an eye injury about 34 miles northwest of Cold Bay, Alaska, on Sunday morning.

The Jayhawk crew located the 680-foot fish processing vessel and safely transported the patient to emergency medical services in Cold Bay for a commercial flight to Anchorage for further treatment. The man's name and current condition have not been released.

Seas during the medevac were reported to be eight to ten feet with low visibility and 28mph winds, including intermittent squalls.

"This is the third medevac in a week the forward operating location in Cold Bay has responded to," said Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole, a watchstander with the Coast Guard 17th District. "FOLs are strategically placed throughout Alaska to minimize the time it takes to respond to incidents like we've seen this week."

February 15, 2014

KATIE ANNE Storm Damage and Injury

Factory trawler 295 foot KATIE ANN had her windows blown out on the bridge on Friday night about 9pm, northwest of Unimak Island, by storm winds which also caused land based damage. The incident was reported in the early morning of Sat, July 8,

The KATIE ANN did not lose power and proceeded to Unalaska, arriving at the Kloosterboer dock without assistance in late afternoon. According to reports, about six crew members were injured and treated at the local clinic, none required further treatment.

January 31, 2014

Cruise-ship Crewman lost overboard

964-foot cruise ship CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION reported losing a crewman overboard in the Caribbean Sea near the Yukatan Channel. His absence was not discovered for eight hours as the vessel continued on her route.

Closed-circuit cameras were reviewed after a pair of shoes was discovered next to a deck railing; the video footage revealed a person going overboard. The ship crew were then able to calculate the incident location and alert the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida. The Coast Guard have not located the man, identified as Inyoman Bagiada, 45, from Indosesia. He was a cook on board.

January 31, 2014

T/V EAGLE Crewman Medevaced

98-foot T/V EAGLE in Elliott Bay contacted the Coast Guard Seattle on the morning of Jan 31, for assistance with a crewmate who had suffered a ribcage injury. The injured man was transferred from EAGLE to a Coast Guard response boat and taken to the Seattle Fire Station pier where an emergency team was waiting.

The man's name or the exact nature of his injury hasn't been released, but according to reports, he was heaving a line when he was injured. Records indicate that EAGLE is owned by Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., of Seattle.

January 26, 2014

F/V JoeMarie aground

62-foot F/V JOE MARIE ran aground on the Chetco Jetty near Brookings, Oregon on Jan 21, 2014. Four crewmen were aboard the vessel and all are reported safe after rescue by a Coast Guard Motor life boat.

January 22, 2014

F/V Eclipse collides with jetty

55-foot F/V ECLIPSE collided with the Yaquina Bay south jetty On Jan 20, 2014. Three crewmen were aboard the vessel. One crewman was lifted from the vessel by a Coast Guard helicopter and another crewman reached shore by climbing onto the jetty and then making his way to shore. The captain of the vessel stayed aboard and was able to dewater with the assistance of the Coast Guard. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Initial reports did not identify any injuries to the crew.

January 14, 2014

Eye injury Medevac

A crewman aboard PROWLER, a 109-foot vessel based in Petersburg, was 74 miles southwest of St. Paul, Alaska, when a crewman required emergency medical care for a left-eye injury. The crewman was taken aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro for assessment, and was airlifted to St. Paul for treatment. Weather at the time of his medevac was reported as calm seas, 11mph winds, and rain showers.

January 13, 2014

Sick Crewman Medevaced

A 50-year-old crewman aboard Seattle-based, 50-foot PAVLOF became ill and required a Coast Guard medevac for health care, on Jan 9, off Cold Bay, Alaska. The Coast Guard helicopter medevaced the crewman about 55 miles northwest of Cold Bay and transported him to the Cold Bay Clinic, and then on to Anchorage. The man was suffering a staph infection. Weather at the time of his medevac was reported as two-foot seas and 17mph winds.