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.

December 10, 2014

54 crew members missing.

54 crew members are missing from the capsized 326 ft South Korean trawler 501 ORYONG. Coast Guard Alaska Sector and five Good Samaritan vessels are assisting the Russian Kamchatka Border Guard Directorate (KBGD) in the search.

According to the KBGD, the crew was hauling in its catch of pollock when a wave hit and flooded the boat's cargo holds. The vessel sank off the coast of Chukotka, Russia on November 30, 2014.

The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector, the official said. Russian authorities said there were 62 people aboard the ship, which sank in the western part of the Bering Sea, near Russia.

The South Korean ministry official said it's believed that the ship, which was catching pollock, began to list after stormy weather caused seawater to flood its storage areas. The official said the 2,100-ton ship was 35 years old.

The South Korean foreign ministry said it asked Russian officials to work quickly to rescue the other crew members.

Authorities in the Russian port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky said the rescued fishermen were well and would be taken to South Korea once the weather improves.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings said the KBGD requested U.S. assistance with the search on December 1. They reported that a Good Samaritan vessel had rescued seven people in a life raft, one person was confirmed dead, and 54 were missing. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Hercules airplane crew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter MUNRO along with a Dolphin helicopter were sent to the scene Monday morning.

Weather on scene was reported as half-mile visibility with a 250-foot ceiling, 22-foot waves and water temperature at 57 degrees.

November 30, 2014

F/V BLAZER sunk

The 75ft fishing vessel BLAZER sank eight miles west of Siletz Bay, Oregon the early morning of November 29, 2014.

Coast Guard North Bend, Oregon received a MAYDAY call at 4:17 a.m. that the BLAZER was taking on water, and the crew were dumping crab pots. Ten minutes later crew reported they were donning survival suits and deploying the life raft.

Three survivors were rescued from the life raft and treated for minor injuries by the Newport Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter crew. The other two survivors were transferred from the life raft to a Coast Guard Depoe Bay 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB).

The BLAZER sank in 420 feet of water with reportedly 2,000 gallons of diesel aboard. With no reports of pollution, North Bend pollution responders are monitoring the situation and will respond if needed.

Weather on scene was reportedly winds at 30 to 35 mph with seas of 15 feet and rain. The cause of the loss is under investigation.

November 19, 2014

MYKONOS SEAS Crewman medevaced

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter medevaced an injured crewman from the bulk carrier MYKONOS SEAS located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, AK on November 16, 2014.

The 17th District Coast Guard Command Center, received a call from the carrier's crew requesting medical help for the injured crewmember. The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac. They flew to the ship, hoisted the crewmember aboard in 11 mph winds and 3' seas. At Cold Bay the crewman received medical care and was flown to Anchorage for additional medical assistance.

November 18, 2014

Intoxicated Captain arrested.

A crew-member aboard the vessel POLAR BEAR called 911 to report that the highly intoxicated captain had run the landing craft aground on Gull Island, near Kodiak, AK harbor.

The Kodiak police reported receiving the 911 call on November 16, 2014 and arrived at the scene of the grounding with assistance from the Kodiak Harbor Master's Office. They found Edward Dyer, 50, highly intoxicated. Police charged Dyer with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and fourth-degree assault.

November 14, 2014

Design Flaw in Ferry Tacoma

A power surge caused by a design flaw destroyed the power cables in the ferry's circuit breaker control, causing the ship to lose power as it approached Bainbridge Island on July 29, 2014. According to Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary for the state Ferries Division.

The ferry MV TACOMA lost power as it headed towards Bainbridge Island with more than 400 passengers aboard. The crew dropped anchor, the first time in 30 years for a WA state ferry, so the ferry wouldn't drift hit the island. The tugboat LINDSEY FOSS towed the TACOMA to Eagle Harbor.

WA State ferry officials estimate that the repairs on the TACOMA and sister ships will cost $1.8 million, and the TACOMA might not be back to work until Spring 2015.

November 9, 2014

Rainbow Quest hits Brooklyn Bridge

At about 10:30 pm, the evening of November 7, 2014, the 590 foot cargo ship RAINBOW QUEST tallest mast clipped the bottom of the Brooklyn Bridge bridge linking Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had already scheduled a routine closure of the bridge late Friday and inspected the span when it was closed. She said there was no damage to the bridge. No injuries were reported.

November 3, 2014

F/V NO LIMITS search for two crew suspended

A spokesperson with the Coast Guard said crews have suspended their search for two missing fishermen after a boat sank near Matinicus Island on Saturday afternoon.

Officials said they received a distress signal around 3:45 p.m. Saturday from the fishing vessel No Limits. The boat is ported in Cushing, Maine.

Efforts to contact the boat went unanswered and a search began covering 130 nautical miles over 17 hours, officials said.

A search helicopter spotted a person in the water on a raft with a flare Saturday. That person, the boat's captain Chris Hutchinson, was taken to Maine Medical Center. He has since been released.

"Whenever our fellow mariners remain missing, especially after an extensive search, it has a huge impact on all us in the local coastal community," said Lt. Cdmr. Timm Balunis, the search and rescue coordinator in a statement. "We ask the community to keep the missing crew and their families in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

The names of the missing men have not been released.

November 3, 2014

F/V NO LIMITS sinks, two missing

The Coast Guard said it has rescued one person but is still looking for two others after a 45 foot fishing vessel sank near Matinicus Island Saturday.

Officials said they received an emergency position indication radio beacon, or EPIRB, from the 45-foot No Limits, which is homeported in Cushing, on about 3:45 pm Saturday.

Efforts to contact the boat went unanswered and a search began covering 130 nautical miles over 17 hours, officials said.

Coast Guard officials said they used a rescue boat, helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod and a boat from the Maine Marine Patrol to search for the boat and its crew. The helicopter's crew spotted a flare fired from a survivor in a life raft and lifted him aboard.

"We safely recovered one crewman, and continue to search for the others," said Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England.

"We have many units covering the area, with plans to add additional assets this evening," he said.

The Coast Guard said the man was taken to Maine Medical Center but they did not release his name or condition.

The search for two others believed to be aboard was continuing and the Coast Guard said it would add more vessels to the search Saturday night.

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.