August 2012 Archives

August 31, 2012

Fishing Boat Sinks 3 Rescued 1 missing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three people were rescued from the 58-foot fishing vessel Advantage on Friday after it sank south of Kodiak Island, one crewman remained missing, according to a Coast Guard report.

The Coast Guard was alerted when the command center in Juneau received an emergency radio beacon indicating the location of the vessel 14 miles southeast of Kodiak Island.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched and crew from Air Station Kodiak to go to the location of the emergency beacon.

The helicopter arrived on scene after the fishing vessel had sunk and just a debris field remained where the Advantage went down.

"It looks like it sank fairly quickly," said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis. At the time the boat sank, the National Weather Service was forecasting 8-foot seas in the area. The three crewmembers were found in a life raft. None of them was wearing survival suits. They were hoisted to safety at 1:55 a.m. and brought back to Kodiak where they were treated for hypothermia at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, she said.

The helicopter with a fresh crew returned to the area of the sinking vessel to look for the missing crewman. By noon Friday, Francis said four searches of the area had been made but there was no sign of the missing crewman.

It is too early to know why the fishing boat sank.

August 21, 2012

BARANOF WIND Grounds and Takes on Water

The 79-foot sightseeing vessel BARANOF WIND apparently hit a rock while in Glacier Bay and began taking on water. The Coast Guard, and the National Park Service responded, the Coast Guard delivered a dewatering pump to BARANOF WIND by helicopter and diverted a cutter to assist.

Good Samaritan VOLENDAM crewmembers took aboard seventy people from BARANOF WIND, while two people were taken aboard a National Park Service boat. Four of the BARANOF WIND crew remained behind to maintain the pumping. Current reports indicate that the flooding has been contained without pollution, and that BARANOF WIND remains stable at anchor with pumps working. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident and pollution potential, and also is developing a plan with Allen Marine Tours to get BARANOF WIND towed to Sitka for repair.

August 16, 2012

F/V RANDI LYNN Grounds in Prince William Sound

On August 14, 82-foot wooden hulled fishing tender RANDI LYNN grounded on a reef in Saw Mill Bay in Prince William Sound, while entering the bay to deliver supplies and mail to other fishing crews in that area. Minor engine room flooding resulted from the hull damage, but RANDI LYNN's dewatering pumps kept her afloat.

RANDI LYNN was moved to a mooring buoy at nearby Chenega, where divers began temporary repairs with wedges, caulking, and plywood patches. The Coast Guard was notified on Wednesday to assess any environmental impact and to inspect the temporary repair work. RANDI LYNN had 4,000 gallons of fuel on board, none appears to have leaked, although a minor sheen resulted from dewatering the engine room. Because of the nearby fish hatchery and other marine life, a precautionary boom was used to contain the sheen.

August 12, 2012

Evening Star Sunk

August 2, 50-foot F/V EVENING STAR sunk in 300 feet of water at Slocum Arm, about forty miles northwest of Sitka, with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A significant oil sheen of about three-quarters of a mile in length visible, which prompted an emergency purse seine fishery closure in the area to avoid risk of harvesting in contaminated waters.

EVENING STAR capsized while the crew was pulling in nets of salmon. The crew of Good Samaritan F/V CHIKAMIN rescued all five of the EVENING STAR crew and took them to Sitka, where they are reported to be in good condition. The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

August 12, 2012

$543,000 Fine for civil infractions

NOAA has released an enforcement action summary of violations by Seattle-based American Seafoods Company factory trawler AMERICAN DYNASTY and issued a $543,000 Notice of Violation Assessment for 32 counts of Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act civil infractions. The infractions cited in the summary include failing to maintain or operate a flow scale for accurately weighing fish; submitting inaccurate or false data, statements, or reports; not complying with flow scale testing requirements; not providing information to an observer or not having an observer present; not complying with reporting requirements; failing to weigh catch; interfering with or biasing an observer's sampling procedure; and not providing reasonable assistance. The charges are against the owner, manager and operator of AMERICAN DYNASTY.

August 11, 2012

$430,000 Penalty for Clean Air Act Violations

The EPA announced on August 10 that Seattle-based Icicle Seafoods, Inc. and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $430,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act.

These violations pertain to improperly releasing and maintaining R-22 between 2006 and 2008, including: Icicle did not timely repair R-22 leaks, did not keep adequate repair service records on its refrigeration appliances, did not ensure repairs were adequate before resuming appliance function, and did not have a certified refrigerant recovery device when performing service on these appliances.

August 10, 2012

Man Overboard

On August 7, at 8:55 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended its search for a man who had fallen from the stern of QUEEN OF THE WEST, a sternwheeler, which cruises along the Columbia River, was at dock in Rainier, Oregon, when the tragedy occurred. According to reports, witnesses saw him once in the water before losing sight of him.

The Coast Guard was alerted shortly after 1:00 a.m. on August 7, and conducted a search by helicopter and boat, covering approximately ten square miles, along with Columbia County marine assets and the crew of T/V MAVERICK, before suspending the search.

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August 8, 2012

F/V Tempest Reported Burned

F/V TEMPEST, perhaps the 41-foot TEMPEST belonging to Lundli Fisheries, LLC, in Shoreline, WA, burned to the waterline the night of August 3. Apparently, the engine room had caught fire near Knight Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An as yet unnamed Good Samaritan vessel took on the four TEMPEST crewmembers. When the Coast Guard flew over the area the next day, they found no boat and no fuel sheen.

August 7, 2012

F/V TEMPEST Burned; Possibly Sunk

According to one report, F/V TEMPEST burned to the waterline the night of August 3. Apparently, the engine room caught fire near in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An as yet unnamed Good Samaritan vessel took on the four crewmembers. When the Coast Guard flew over the area the next day, they found no boat and no fuel sheen.

August 6, 2012

F/V EVENING STAR Sinks

50-foot F/V EVENING STAR sunk on August 2nd in about 300 feet of water at Slocum Arm, which is about forty miles northwest of Sitka, with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A significant oil sheen of about three-quarters of a mile in length was visible, which prompted an emergency purse seine fishery closure in the area so as to avoid any risk of harvesting in contaminated waters.

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