October 26, 2014

Un-manned barge drifting for Prudhoe Bay

A 134 ft un-manned barge, adrift in the Beaufort Sea after its towline snapped, is headed towards Prudhoe Bay. The barge, carrying 950 gallons of diesel fuel, broke free from the tow vessel and is being driven by high winds into US waters. The Canadian Coast Guard has issued a Notice to Shipping to advise mariners operating in the area.

The US Coast Guard has deployed aircraft to locate the barge and likely trajectory.

Commander Shawn Decker, US Coast Guard Chief of Response, Sector Anchorage said it could be difficult because ice is forming on the Beaufort Sea, and officials have very few vessel options to retrieve the barge.

Weather on scene is reported as 40 mph winds and 12-foot seas.

October 20, 2014

Russian cargo ship adrift

A Russian cargo ship en route to Russia from Washington state that lost power on Thursday night west of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, off B.C.'s north coast, has docked in Prince Rupert. A mechanical failure left the Simushir drifting in heavy seas during the night.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority says the Simushir has been towed to the Fairview Container Terminal, and the vessel is expected to stay for 48 hours for repairs.

A U.S. tug boat arrived Saturday night to tow the disabled ship to port, after a tow line from a Canadian Coast Guard ship snapped three times and set the Simushir adrift again.

The vessel was carrying hundreds of tonnes of bunker and diesel fuel, creating concerns that it could create an environmental disaster.

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October 19, 2014

LADY A, Sunk

Coast Guard Port Angeles received a distress call from the owner of the 67ft recreational vessel LADY A, October 17, 2014. A response boat and helicopter were immediately dispatched to the sight, north of Dungeness Spit, Sequin WA.

The crew of TOKYO EXPRESS, a 664ft tanker transiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca, also sent a response boat to assist. The response boats arrived in time to safely transfer the man and woman from the stricken vessel to the Coast Guard response boat. They were taken to the Port Angeles Coast Guard station, neither were injured.

LADY A sank in 180 ft of water with 700 gallons of diesel in her tanks. Pollution responders from the Coast Guard's incident management division are working with the vessel owner and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged. It is not known at this time why the boat sank.

October 9, 2014

F/V ARLINE grounding, alcohol implicated

The 50-foot fishing vessel ARLINE called the Coast Guard to report grounding in the Swinomish Channel near Anacortes, WA. The Coast Guard Cutter ADELIE assisted, its crew boarded the ARLINE. Coast Guard crewmembers administered breathalyzer tests to the skipper and crew. Results showed blood alcohol contents at .115, above the legal limit of .008. Police took the master into custody.

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September 30, 2014

Marina drowning

On the evening of September 29, 2014, Robert Schrecengost, 59, was found dead in the water at Shilshole Marina. Reportedly, it appears he drowned with no signs of foul play. Seattle Fire Department tried to revive him on route to Harborview Hospital, but to no avail. Schrecengost was a recreational boater and commercial fisherman who lived at the marina on his 31-foot sailboat Del Ray.

September 23, 2014

Diver Decompression sickness - Medevaced

On September 23, 2014 the fishing vessel TERESA JEAN, located off Patos Island in the San Juan Islands, reported a diver in need of immediate assistance. Decompression sickness was diagnosed.

The Coast Guard Response Boat arrived less than 30 minutes later and transferred the injured diver. Ten minutes later, a Coast Guard helicopter from Port Angeles, WA medevaced the 22-year old diver to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

The diver's condition was not known.

September 23, 2014

Crewman medevaced

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter yesterday medevaced an injured crewman off the fishing vessel Icy Mist about 150 miles southeast of Sand Point.

The crewman was reportedly hurt "when a crab pot fell on him during loading operations," the Coast Guard said.

September 18, 2014

F/V Explosion in Valdez

The commercial fishing vessel Fireman exploded this evening in the Valdez harbor adjacent to the Best Western hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

A crewman aboard was able to walk off the vessel after the blast and was transported by ambulance to hospital, the Coast Guard says.

Emergency responders "found the Fireman afloat with the majority of its wheelhouse torn apart by the explosion."

The explosion happened around 7:55 p.m. and the cause is under investigation, the Coast Guard says.

State records show the 35-foot Fireman belongs to Thomas S. Lopez. His address is listed as a postal box in Valdez.

August 31, 2014

Good Samaritan Rescues Eight

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a mayday call from a good Samaritan who found a capsized boat with 8 people, 7 adults and a child, in distress. The good Samaritan was able to pull up the 3 people in the water, while the rest clung to the side of his vessel

A 45-foot Coast Guard response vessel arrived and recovered the rest of the passengers, bringing all to Bainbridge Island, afterwards towing the capsized boat to Eagle Harbor.

Search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard's Puget Sound Sector, Mike Allen, credits the preparedness and response of the good Samaritan as being instrumental in the rescue. 'Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out further and the situation could have become much worse,' he was quoted as saying.

August 20, 2014

F/V Patricia Lee Injured Crewman MedEvaced

A Coast Guard helicopter today hoisted an injured crewman off the 116-foot fishing vessel Patricia Lee, located near Dutch Harbor.

The crewman, 27, was reported to have suffered a foot injury, the Coast Guard said.

August 16, 2014

LA PIETRA Catches Fire - All Safe

The Coast Guard Motor Life Boat crew and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew responded to an emergency call, and rescued the man and his wife after their vessel caught fire on the Fourth of July. The 70-foot pleasure boat was near Destruction Island, Washington, when the engine caught fire, prompting a VHF distress call.

The vessel, the LA PIETRA, was from Beverly Hills, California.

August 5, 2014

F/V Auriga Capsized - All Safe

A 40-foot purse seiner, the Auriga, capsized Monday near Valdez, the U.S. Coast Guard reports. The four crewmen climbed aboard the Auriga's skiff and the good Samaritan vessel Cornelia Marie rescued them, the Coast Guard says.

The Auriga was fishing in the vicinity of Eaglek Bay when a storm approached from the southeast.

"The crew ceased fishing operations and prepared for the storm but a large wave reportedly caused the Auriga to capsize," the Coast Guard says. "The Auriga remains capsized and partially submerged in the vicinity of Unakwik Inlet."

The boat had about 18,000 pounds of fish aboard.

State records indicate the Auriga, a fiberglass Beck built in 1980, belongs to Thomas Lopez.

July 26, 2014

F/V VERNON Wooden Hull Leak, all safe

Friday morning, the crew of purse seiner VERNON, wooden hull built about 1920, contacted the Coast Guard reporting that they had a foot of water in the engine room. Near Ketchikan, Alaska, seas were reported at two feet with 10 mph winds. The Coast Guard sent two response boats. A Coast Guard team with four dewatering pump were able stabilize the flooding enough to escort VERNON back to port. The cause of the flooding is under investigation.

July 20, 2014

F/V MATT-MICHELLE Drowning

Near King Cove, Alaska, the 32-foot, Juneau-based MATT-MICHELLE, was broadsided by a wave that sent sent 53-year-old Rudy Dushkin Jr. overboard. The only other person aboard was the owner/captain, Bert Bendixon who sent a distress call as he threw a life ring to Mr. Dushkin. Reportedly, the captain was eventually able to get to Mr. Dushkin with a long line and then, after donning a survival suit, he jumped into the frigid water and pulled Mr. Dushkin to land. Mr. Dushkin is said to not have been wearing a life jacket. Mr. Dushkin could not be revived.

July 16, 2014

F/V JEANOAH Strikes Rock

The 67-foot JEANOAH struck a rock and began taking on water in the Shelikof Straight about 40 miles west of Kodiak, Alaska. The captain contacted the Coast Guard who sent out a helicopter and a cutter, as well as issued an urgent marine information broadcast.

The crew of KATHERINE heard the call and headed over to tow JEANOAH into safer water. A Coast Guard swimmer from the cutter, ROANOKE ISLAND, delivered dewatering pumps and effected basic temporary repairs. JEANOAH then made the trip in calm weather to the port of Kodiak, escorted by ROANOKE ISLAND.