January 2012 Archives

January 31, 2012

Coast Guard Rescues Three

The afternoon of January 27, the Coast Guard deployed two MH-60 Dolphin helicopters and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat in answer to a distress call from 46-foot crabber F/V WEST WIND, which reported taking on water and lying low in the water. At the time the Coast Guard arrived, reportedly at least two of the three crewmembers were in survival suits and all were in their life raft. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer aided the three in being safely lifted into one of the helicopters and transferred to a medical facility in Crescent City for follow-up.

Prepared with survival suits and a life raft, along with a quick response to the emergency by both the WEST WIND crew and by the Coast Guard, are credited with saving these lives.

January 30, 2012

Grounding and Sinking Near Kodiak

In separate incidents, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak received distress calls from two fishing vessels, first from 58-foot F/V KIMBERLY, and later from 68-foot F/V HERITAGE.

January 24, at night, Juneau-based KIMBERLY ran aground in Portage Bay. Winds were reported to be a steady 60 knots with 90-knot gusts, and 16-foot seas which precluding the immediate rescue of the four-member crew by a first Coast Guard helicopter. A second helicopter was sent out early the next morning.

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January 27, 2012

Collision Causes Bridge Collapse

A cargo ship carrying a load of empty rocket booster cores struck a bridge in western Kentucky taking a nearly 300 foot portion of the bridge with it as she passed underneath.

The M/V Delta Mariner struck the Eggner Ferry Bridge at approximately 8:10pm local time on Thursday, causing two spans of the U.S. 68/KY 80 bridge stretching over the Kentucky Lake to collapse onto the vessel's bow. Authorities have said that there have been no reported injuries from the collision and they do not believe any vehicles fell from the bridge. Coast Guard stated that the M/V Delta Mariner was not carrying any hazardous cargo.

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January 26, 2012

Fishing Vessel Capsizes, One Survivor

According to reports, 44-foot F/V MANDY NESS capsized late Tuesday night, about ten miles off Barnegat Light, New Jersey. The shipboard EPIRB was activated when it hit water and alerted the Coast Guard, which deployed a helicopter, a 47-foot rescue boat, and broadcast the emergency to vessels in the area.

Nearby F/V FRANCES ANN responded to the broadcast and was able to bring one of the two crewmembers aboard alive. That person is doing well. However, the other crewmember was trapped under the capsized hull of MANDY NESS. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer pulled that person out, but that person remained unresponsive to CPR and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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January 24, 2012

Tow Strikes Bridge

Parts of the Monongahela and Ohio rivers were closed late last week after a towing vessel allided with a bridge while pushing 12 loaded coal barges, resulting in two of the barges breaking away.

The Coast Guard reported that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that the towing vessel Marge Mcfarlin, which is owned and operated by Ingram Barge Company, allided with the Liberty Highway Bridge at mile marker 1.1 on the Monongahela River causing two coal barges to break away and snagging a third as they drifted down river.

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January 23, 2012

Two More Bodies Found

GIGLIO, Italy - Two more bodies were discovered Monday near the Internet cafe on the fourth deck, according Franco Gabrielli, head of the civil protection agency.

The bodies were identified as two women which now brings the total number of the dead to 15. Eighteen passengers are still missing.

Gabrielli said that the bodies have yet to be removed from the ship and the nationalities of the victims have yet to be determined.

The Costa Concordia cruise ship still lies on its side partially submerged as the search continues for the remaining missing.

January 19, 2012

11 Dead 21 Missing in Wreck

GIGLIO, ITALY - Sandor Feher, a Hungarian violinist, has been identified as the first body recovered from the Costa Cruiseliner disaster on Wednesday, January 18th. Feher was a 38-year-old violinist from Hungary who was working as a musician on the ship at the time of the accident.

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January 16, 2012

Sixth Body Recovered from Costa Cruise

ROME, ITALY - A sixth body has been discovered in the wreck of the Costa cruise liner which hit a reef off the coast of Italy on Friday night on Jan.13th. Confusion still remains over the number of victims thought to be missing, but so far 15 are unaccounted for.

Six people are confirmed dead and prosecutors are investigating the ship's captain for manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck. The ship's owner says the captain, Francesco Schettino, caused the wreck by deviating from the authorized course.

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January 11, 2012

Fire Probe Finds BP Safety Breaches

Norway's petroleum safety agency has completed an investigation into a fire that broke out on BPs North Sea Valhall oil platform. The investigation found that the company had committed serious safety breaches which led to the fire.

The fire broke out last July when a crane engine overheated. The sparks ignited inflammable gases, leading to an explosion and fire. Firefighters battled for more than an hour to extinguish the flames.

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January 9, 2012

Master Lost Overboard

Sunday, January 8, the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu was alerted that the 18-year-old master of U.S.-flagged F/V SIVA MOANA had fallen overboard while bringing in fishing gear. The young man was not wearing a life jacket. SIVA MOANA was about 115 miles south of American Samoa at the time.

An air search ensued, first by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, joined and relieved by the Coast Guard out of Barbers Point, using SAROPS (Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System). SAROPS determines the most probable search area by computing information on weather, wind speed and direction, and search object size. The Coast Guard also measured currents using two self-locating data marker buoys. They covered a 2,890 mile search area before suspending the search later on Monday, after taking time, survival probability, and weather data into account.

January 9, 2012

Crew Rescue by Good Samaritan and Coast Guard

January 9, the captain of F/V VINCENZO radioed the New Haven Coast Guard, gave their position as twelve miles south of Shinnecock, Long Island, and reported that the vessel was flooding. Soon after, he radioed again that the two-person crew were in their survival suits and were abandoning ship for their life raft, EPIRB in hand.

The Coast Guard sent out an urgent marine information broadcast. Nearby Good Samaritan F/V RHONDA & DENISE picked up the crew from the life raft, soon transferring the VINZENCO crew to a Coast Guard rescue boat. No one was reported injured.
The Coast Guard noted the captain's calm demeanor during the emergency.

January 9, 2012

Fishermen Rescued

Late the afternoon of January 7, the Boston Coast Guard received an EPIRB signal from Rhode Island based 55-foot F/V ELIZABETH HELEN. A Coast Guard motor life boat went in search and located the two-person crew in their life raft within an hour, thanks to the crew setting off a red flare. No injuries are reported, although 900 gallons of diesel were on board the capsized and sinking vessel.

January 4, 2012

Flames Engulf Two Boats

Two fifty-foot power boats, moored next to each other, burned at the Edmonds Marina early the morning of December 31, with flames reportedly fifty feet high at the time firefighters arrived. A janitor who was working nearby noticed the flames and made the call shortly before 4:00 a.m.

No serious injuries were reported, but a couple who were overnighting onboard their boat near the end of the same dock inhaled smoke and were unable to get safely off the dock until Snohomish County firefighters brought them ashore via rescue boat. Both people were treated for minor smoke inhalation and were released from Swedish Edmonds Hospital a few hours later.

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January 3, 2012

Injured Crew Medevaced to Kodiak

The afternoon of January 1, a crewmember aboard 57-foot F/V CAPTAIN KIDD broke his arm when it was caught in an anchor line. CAPTAIN KIDD alerted the Coast Guard in Anchorage, which dispatched a Kodiak-based helicopter to safely lift and fly the injured crewman to Kodiak for emergency treatment, all in under an hour of the time of the initial call. After emergency treatment, the man was transferred to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, for further care.