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Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a fisherman who had reportedly suffered a seizure aboard the fishing vessel Hecate, about 9 miles west of Winchester Bay, Thursday morning.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend safely hoisted the man at about 11 a.m. and transferred him to waiting EMS at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in stable condition.

Watchstanders at Sector North Bend were notified of the man’s condition at about 1 a.m., Thursday morning, and coordinated with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended the vessel transit toward Coast Guard Station Umpqua River.

“We had the captain of the boat conferenced in with the flight surgeon and they were going to try and make it to where they could transfer to our small boat,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Frey, a watchstander at Sector North Bend. “The weather started to get worse and the bars started to get really rough so it was decided that a helicopter hoist was the safest course of action.”

On-scene weather conditions were reported to be 10-mile visibility, 20-mph winds and 15-to-20 foot seas.

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Coast Guard personnel rescued two fishermen from a 28-foot recreational vessel when it became stranded with a disabled engine and grounded due to shoal water near Everett Wednesday night. 

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles hoisted the men and transported them safely to Paine Field in Snohomish County. 

Dispatchers from 911 transferred a call for help to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 1:25 p.m. Sector watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast and contacted other local agencies to tow the vessel, but none were able to respond due to shallow water. The aircrew launched in response and arrived on scene at 8:10 p.m. 

No injuries were reported, but responders were concerned about the risk of hypothermia due to cold weather. The men reportedly had no cold weather survival gear on board aside from one blanket, which was already wet from rain.

The men reportedly made the call for help using a cell phone. Smartphone users can download the Coast Guard Boating Safety Mobile App for free access to safety information and even request assistance in emergency situations. For more information, visit http://www.uscg.mil/mobile/. 

The weather at the time of the hoist was reported to be raining with an air temperature of 38 degrees and 16 mph winds.

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A fisherman on the 38-foot fishing vessel Norn makes a mayday call to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, reporting the vessel was taking on water 38-miles off La Push, Wash., Dec. 17, 2015.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles responded, rescuing all three crewmembers and recovering their life raft.

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution with the onset of heavy weather expected to affect the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, this weekend.

The Coast Guard has notified the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, patrolling in the Bering Sea with an embarked Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, to standby to assist mariners.

Capt. Diane Durham, chief of response, 17th District, said,. “We are encouraging all mariners to monitor National Weather Service reports and take appropriate safety precautions, such as pulling into a safe harbor or taking shelter in the lee of an island, in order to safeguard their crews.”

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service forecasted that the storm will include hurricane force winds, 45-foot seas and possible coastal flooding in Western Alaska.

Please visit the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Website at www.arh.noaa.gov for the most up to date information on the storm.

In order to learn more about preparing for emergency situations please visit the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Website at www.ak-prepared.com.

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The Coast Guard has closed all maritime entrances in the Pacific Northwest, Friday, due to severe  sea conditions and large amounts of debris in the water.

In Oregon, the ports of Chetco River in Brookings; Coos Bay; Umpqua River in Winchester Bay; Siuslaw River in Florence; Yaquina Bay in Newport; Depoe Bay; Tillamook Bay in Girabaldi; and the Columbia River are closed to all traffic. 

In Washington the port of Grays Harbor in Westport; and Quillayute River in LaPush are closed.

Several storms carrying strong winds and heavy rainfall crossed the Pacific Northwest over the last week and have caused flooding and landslides in parts of Oregon and Washington.

Flood waters and landslides have caused large amounts of debris to flow in the river systems causing potential problems with maritime traffic.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and mariners operating in the inland rivers to be aware of potential floating debris and debris below the surface and report any major issues with navigational channels to the Coast Guard.

Capt. Dan Travers, commander Sector Columbia River and Captain of the Port for all ports in Oregon and Southwest Washington said, “The storms that we all experienced over the last several days have made it dangerous for mariners to transit in and out of our many rivers due to severe sea conditions and debris.”

For updated river entrance observations and conditions visit the NOAA Western U.S. Bar Observation site.

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Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Oregon, responded to a request for assistance from a 67-year-old man on a 38-foot sailing vessel off the Oregon coast in reported 22-foot seas with wind gusts of up to 57 mph Monday.

Crews of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport, Oregon, a 52-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, and the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Seagoing-Buoy Tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, launched to assist the sailor through heavy weather. 

The aircrew located the man 17 miles off the coast of Cape Perpetua, Oregon. When the helicopter crew arrived on scene, the man jumped overboard and was hoisted to safety by a rescue swimmer at approximately 10:50 a.m. The other crews stood down while the aircrew transported the man back to the air facility, where he was evaluated by emergency medical services and reported to be in good condition.

The sailing vessel remains adrift, unmanned and unlit, so the Coast Guard cautions mariners who might be transiting the area to proceed carefully. 

Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.

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A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, assisted the Canadian coast guard with the search and rescue of two people on board a disabled 32-foot sailing vessel near the San Juan Islands around midnight Sunday. 

The aircrew was first on scene and remained nearby while two Canadian coast guard boat crews towed the vessel through reported winds of up to 52 mph and 15-foot swells. Crews safely moored the sailing vessel at Friday Harbor, Washington, at 12:31 a.m. 

Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.

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An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria rescued two stranded on the Columbia River in Oregon, Sunday night near Marsh Island.

They were in a 14-foot skiff, in weather reported to be rainy with less than 4 miles of visibility and 35 mph winds, when they became disoriented and could not find their way back to Aldrich Point.

The helicopter crew hoisted the stranded men from a small island in Prairie Channel and transported them to the air station with no reported injuries. 

Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured 50-year-old man on Montague Island near Seward, Alaska, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk crew safely transported the man to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a call from a good Samaritan boater who reported can injured man in need of medical assistance.  The duty flight surgeon recommended the medieval.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the incident.

Weather on scene was reported as 16 degrees with 17 mph winds.

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A four day search was ended after Alaska State Troopers and Wrangell Search and Rescue located the body of the missing boater near Wrangell, Alaska, Wednesday. 

The man was located deceased in the vicinity of Earl West Cove south of Madan Bay.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Sitka and Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews, along with partner agencies, searched for the boater since Sunday.  

Despite significant winter weather conditions, a total of seven assets conducted 83 hours of searches and covered 3,040 square nautical miles since the report was initially received on Sunday.