June 2012 Archives

June 26, 2012

Inexperience, speed cause fatal boating accident

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation into one of two deadly March boating accidents in Tavares determined that inexperience and the boater's speed was what caused one boater to die, according to a newly released report.

Mark Van Winkle, 53, of Stuart died after being ejected from his boat and was struck by a passing vessel on March 17 during an exhibition on Lake Dora. The event was part of the Classic Raceboat Association's annual Spring Thunder Regatta. Van Winkle's boat hit the water and he was thrown from the vessel, the report said. He was struck seconds later and died instantly

June 25, 2012

Man Overboard - Found

On June 23, around 8:30 a.m., a crewmember aboard 732-foot Singapore-flagged container ship MAERSK BINTAN sent out a call that a crewmate was missing and thought to have gone overboard. According to reports, MAERSK BINTAN was about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda at the time.

The Coast Guard used their Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS). This system receives real-time environmental information from an Environmental Data Server, as well as manually-entered wind and current information to track survivors and vessels through projected drift direction and speed. The Coast Guard also sent out an AMVER call for nearby vessels to assist in the search.

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June 20, 2012

Crew Rescued by Coast Guard

Shortly before noon on June 17, the crew of F/V SCANDIA alerted the Coast Guard that SCANDIA was taking on water and that they were unable to control the flooding. The crew put on their survival suits and abandoned ship for their skiff.

Within two hours, a Coast Guard helicopter safely hoisted the crew of five to Air Station Kodiak. None of the crew reported any injuries. Another example of a crew prepared for an emergency and who acted promptly.

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June 18, 2012

Captain of Fishing Vessel Medevaced

Early the morning of June 11, the crew of F/V FLYING OCEAN contacted Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak requesting medevac, stating that they had taken aboard the captain of F/V PROVIDENCE, who had suffered a hand injury near Chignik, Alaska, and that they were headed toward Kodiak. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter at 4:35 a.m. in order to airlift the captain to Kodiak, where emergency medical care awaited. The PROVIDENCE captain was reported to be in stable condition.

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June 12, 2012

Crewman Airlifted After Electric Shock

Seattle-based, 145-foot F/V CAPE HORN crewmembers called the Coast Guard for help early the morning of June 8, after a crewmate, who had been working on the electrical switchboard, apparently sustained a 480V electrical shock with cardiac complications.
A Coast Guard helicopter reached CAPE HORN and successfully medevaced the man to Dillingham, 172 miles away, for medical care.

June 6, 2012

One Killed in Gulf Helicopter Crash

The US Coast Guard has confirmed that the pilot of an offshore helicopter that was on its way to a rig to fetch workers has died in a crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

The helicopter was on its way to a rig when it went down in the Gulf of Mexico.  Only the pilot was on board at the time.  At the time of the crash, the helicopter was very near the rig it was headed toward. The Helicopter was owned by PHI Inc.

A volunteer dive team quickly recovered the body of the pilot after the crash.  The Coast Guard does not believe that poor visibility was a factor here.  PHI has also not released any official statement about the crash.

June 6, 2012

Barge Worker Injured

A barge deckhand in Illinois was injured Monday afternoon after a line broke at Lock and Dam 13 located on the upper Mississippi above the city of Fulton.

The Lockmaster John Mueller who confirmed that around 4 p.m. on Monday, a 1 1/2-inch-diameter barge line broke and hit a deckhand in the head, knocking him down. Other deckhands and crewmembers were able to secure other barge lines and stop the barges from moving, and were able to quickly call an ambulance for the injured worker.

The name of the injured barge worker has not been released however the Clinton Herald was able to confirm that the injured man is at Iowa City Hospital with non-critical injuries.

June 6, 2012

Fishing Vessel Crewman Evacuated

A 50-year-old man was medically evacuated from a fishing vessel operating off the coast of Provincetown over the weekend after being hit in the face with the ship's gear.  

The Coast Guard said they received a call at 10:13 a.m. on Saturday from the 74-foot F/V Mischief reporting that one of its crewmembers had suffered bad facial injuries after being struck by the gear approximately 110 miles east of Provincetown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Coast Guard sent a number of assets to the scene and were able safely transport the man, who has not yet been identified, from the Mischief to Logan International Airport to receive medical attention.

June 1, 2012

Four Rescued

The Disney Fantasy rescued four men stranded at sea off the coast of Key West, FL, when the liner spotted the marooned men aboard a small raft. The men were brought aboard the ship and subsequently provided with medical care, food and water. The 130,000 ton cruise ship contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to coordinate with the authorities to begin transfer protocol of the rescued men. The crew aboard the Disney ship exercised maritime skill and expertise while performing the rescue, according to a representative of Disney Cruise Line.

June 1, 2012

Three Rescued From Fishing Vessel

The Coast Guard Tuesday morning rescued three crewmembers from an overturned fishing vessel near Winchester Bay, Ore.

According to the Coast Guard report, crews from North Bend, Oregon received a report at approximately 12 a.m. of a fishing vessel, the F/V Aries, that was overdue for its arrival and sent a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter along with a 47-foot motor lifeboat to investigate and locate the fishing vessel.

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