July 2011 Archives

July 13, 2011

Coast Guard Responsible in Death

The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the U.S. Coast Guard for lax oversight leading up to the 2009 San Diego patrol boat crash that killed 8-year-old Anthony DeWeese. The Federal board concluded that the Coast Guard boat pilot was going too fast -- as fast as 42 knots -- for the crowded conditions on San Diego Bay at night The NTSB discussed its findings at a meeting Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. A summary written report was released later in the day, and the full report will be published in coming weeks, officials said.

July 12, 2011

Four Dead in Alcohol Related Crash

Four people have been confirmed dead and several others were reported injured in a crash in New York over the weekend. The incident occurred early on Sunday morning d on the Hudson River near the town of Red Hook when a 19 ft motorboat crashed into a concrete wall and capsized.

Of six people on the boat, one was thrown from the boat and died. The other three victims went down with the boat. The last two passengers on the boat managed to swim to shore. The bodies of the deceased have all been recovered.

Dutchess County Sheriff's officers found bottles of alcohol on the boat. Authorities also believe that the operator of the boat may have been driving at excessive speed. It is not yet clear who was operating the boat.

The Coast Guard in a report released last month confirmed that alcohol is the number one factor contributing to boating accidents in 2010. It was linked to at least 50% of all crashes and 19% of all fatal boating accidents in 2010.

July 11, 2011

100 Missing in Riverboat Accident

Authorities are struggling to deal with what is being described as the worst maritime incident in Russia's history. A riverboat with between 180 and 210 people capsized on the Volga River. More than 100 people including dozens of children, are still missing.

The Bulgaria had been cruising in the Kuybyshev Reservoir. When boats reached the scene they found people clinging to life vests and boat debris. 82 people have been pulled out of the water. One death has been confirmed.

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July 11, 2011

China Offshore Leak

The China State Oceanic Administration is blaming Conoco Phillips for an offshore leak on the country's biggest offshore oilfield.

The Platform B leak on the Penglai 19-3 oilfield began on 4 June, a the leak from Platform C on the same oilfield began on 17 June. According to the State Oceanic Administration's environmental protection unit, the resulting leak polluted more than 840 km² of ocean.  Much of the leak has already been cleaned up, and according to sources, there is no sheen of oil covering the surface of the sea.  However, a little oil can be seen near the two platforms.

According to the China State Oceanic Administration, Conoco Phillips China is responsible for the leak and the resultant damage. The company may be fined up to $30,946, however Phillips is likely to pay much more in economic and ecological damages.

July 9, 2011

Fishing Vessel Sunk

The 36-foot fishing vessel ICE MAIDEN capsized Sunday, July 3 in the Prince William Sound off Rocky Point, Alaska. Reports say the vessel capsized while hauling in a net full of salmon. Good Samaritan fishing vessels NEW VENTURE and AQUANATOR provided assistance and transported the crew to nearby Cordova. ICE MAIDEN then sank and came to rest on the seafloor in 35 to 45 feet of water, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jason Boyle.

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July 8, 2011

Injured Fisherman Medevaced

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage was notified that a crewman aboard the 32-foot fishing vessel MISS MARIA was suffering from a severely broken forearm, Friday, July 1.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the 56-year-old fisherman and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak. The fisherman suffered a double compound fracture to his right forearm. Published reports do not indicate the cause of his injury. He was taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center in stable condition.

July 8, 2011

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman

Coast Guard District Seventeen received notification Thursday, July 7, that Anthony Imas, 50, was injured and required medical assistance. Imas was reportedly suffering from severe back pain after falling aboard the 50-foot fishing vessel HEIDI LINEA.

The Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew hoisted Imas off the vessel. Reports indicate that Imas was in stable condition. Imas was taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for further care.

July 7, 2011

Explosion Injures Two

The Coast Guard medevaced Alvin Floyd and John Hodges from a commercial fishing vessel on the south end of St. Catherines Island on Wednesday, June 22, following an explosion onboard. Operational watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received reports of the explosion and deployed two rescue helicopter crews. A good Samaritan rescued the fishermen from the water and waited until the rescue crews arrived. The Coast Guard crews transported the fishermen to Savannah Memorial Hospital.

July 7, 2011

Injured Fisherman Medevaced

Coast Guard Sector Charleston received a request for medical assistance from Alan Carl, 45, after sustaining an injury while fishing at the mouth of the North Santee River, Georgetown, SC. Officials said the man's arm was severed at the shoulder, possibly by the winch on board the shrimp boat. A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Facility Charleston arrived on scene and transported Carl to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

July 7, 2011

Transocean Refuses Blame

Houston-based Transocean Ltd has issued a final report on the explosion, fire and sinking of the oil drilling platform, the Deepwater Horizon, at the infamous Macondo well site in the Gulf of Mexico, April 2010

Deepwater Horizon was owned by Transocean and leased and operated by British Petroleum, Plc (BP). 11 men lost their lives and environmental damage to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and local economies of the coastal states was vast.

The 854 page report issued by Transocean fourteen months after the disaster spared itself from any blame in the matter - according to Transocean BP was at fault.

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