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The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of the 738-foot fully laden Nenita that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. On its way again after being refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning.

There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden with grain.

The vessel, headed outbound the Columbia River from Kalama, Washington reportedly lost propulsion, ran hard aground and was taking on water. The vessel’s crew found, isolated and secured the flooding in the forward peak of the vessel.

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Four people were rescued from Knight Island in Marsha Bay in the vicinity of Prince William Sound, Friday afternoon, after their boat sank.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were initially notified via satellite phone by a good Samaritan who heard the distress call via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Alaska State Troopers later received an emergency beacon alert from the survivors indicating that they were in distress.

Sector Anchorage watchstanders correlated the two distress calls and launched Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews along with a Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew.

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Besides bad weather a 26 foot boat struck on underwater obstruction putting three lives at risk. Two Coast Guard boatcrews rescued the three people aboard the boat that had hit a submerged object and became dead in the water near Sand Island, on the Columbia River, Friday afternoon.

The boaters were reportedly uninjured and the stricken 26-foot boat was towed into the port of Ilwaco and moored safely.

The boatcrews arrived on scene within minutes of receiving the call and began assisting the boaters. A Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment crew, aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small II, was used to tow the vessel from shallow waters, where it was then passed off to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew conducted the tow to Ilwaco.

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A Coast Guard boatcrew assisted a tug and barge past fast-moving ebb tide conditions near West Haven Marina preventing a barge from running aground, Thursday evening. The boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor towed while the tug pushed the barge to safety.

The captain of the tug MaryAnne called for assistance due to being beset by the ebb tide, which was running at about 4.6 mph. The MaryAnne had been only able to maintain position for the previous two hours at Light 7 with no forward movement with the barge carrying an excavator and 30 tons of rock.

The Coast Guard crew was already underway preparing for training with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, but diverted to assist. The boatcrew rigged a towing line and worked with the crew of the MaryAnne to get to safe water and moor up.

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Two kayakers were assisted to safety after high winds stranded them near Sucia Island, Saturday afternoon.
The kayakers were picked up by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish and safely transported to Orcas Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a cell phone call from the kayakers at about 3:40 p.m. requesting assistance because they felt unsafe in attempting to make the transit back to Orcas Island. A Canadian Coast Guard Motor Life Boat crew also responded and arrived on scene at the same time as the Swordfish’s crew.

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A 31-year-old male experiencing chest pains and numbness in his left arm was med-evaded from a fishing vessel Seabrooke 57 miles west-northwest of Cold Bay Sunday morning. The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac to a higher level of medical care within two to four hours and have the patient administered aspirin and nitroglycerin.

“The forward operating location in Cold Bay was only 50 miles from the distress location, instead of 370 miles if you flew from Kodiak,” said Lt. Sean Glavan, duty officer, Air Station Kodiak. “We were able to get an aircrew on scene within 30 minutes of takeoff to get the crewman immediate medical attention.”

Weather at the time of the medevac was driving rain with 55-knot winds and 10 to 15-foot seas.

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A good Samaritan rescued three adults and two teenagers from a 32-foot personal craft taking on water in the vicinity of Naked Island Sunday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mobile phone call at 6 a.m. from one of the five people reporting they abandoned ship and swam to shore after their boat began to sink. Sector Anchorage issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to vessels in the area to render assistance. The 33-foot good Samaritan vessel Sweet Pea responded to the call and brought the five people safely aboard. There were no reports of injuries.

A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew transferred the five from the Sweet Pea and took them safely to Whittier.

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The Coast Guard has suspended the search at 1 p.m., Saturday, for Jerry Wayne Middleton, who was last seen aboard a 14-foot skiff in Shilshole Bay.

Coast Guard crews from Station Seattle, Air Station Port Angeles, the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, as well as members of the Bainbridge Island and Seattle police departments, searched the area around Middleton’s last known location for over 20 hours with negative results. Additionally, Shishole Bay Marina staff reviewed their camera footage and Bainbridge Island Police Department personnel searched the shoreline.

Search efforts began when a good Samaritan reported Middleton’s 14-foot skiff unmanned and adrift in the bay Friday. A second good Samaritan reported seeing him aboard his skiff 30 minute prior to the unmanned report and a third good Samaritan came across debris in the water.

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The Coast Guard is responding to a fishing vessel that partially sank Thursday with diesel fuel onboard in Sitka Sound.

The Sandra L is currently partially sunk and visible only during low tide in Redoubt Bay. An overflight Friday morning by a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew reported a visible sheen around the Sandra L.

The owner of the fishing vessel Sandra L reported Friday that there is a visible sheen and has deployed absorbent boom. The tanks onboard have approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel with a potential maximum total of 600 gallons. The owner is in the process of developing a salvage plan for submission to the Coast Guard for review.

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40 kids and six adults stranded in a cabin with no power and unable to drive out of the camp due to trees blocking the roads at Camp David on Lake Crescent, were rescued on Friday.

A 29-foot Coast Guard Response Boat-Small II ferried groups of seven to nine passengers from Camp David to a bus waiting at Marymere Falls trailhead. Each trip between the camp and the trailhead took more than 50 minutes and with six trips needed, the Port Angeles boatcrew worked for more than seven hours to get everyone to safety.

No injuries were reported at the time of the rescue.