September 2012 Archives

September 30, 2012

Crewman Missing after Maverick Sinks

The Coast Guard is reporting that one crewman is missing from the fishing vessel MAVERICK after the vessel collided with the fishing vessel VIKING STORM. Three or four crewmen aboard the MAVERICK were rescued by the VIKING STORM after the two vessels collided 30 miles west of La Push. The Coast Guard is continuing an air and sea search for the missing crewman. The accident occurred on Friday, Sept. 28. The three rescued crewmen are reported to be in stable condition.

September 30, 2012

FIshing Vessel Sinks

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mayday call from crewmembers of the 110' commercial fishing vessel, the F/V MOONLIGHT MAID. The fishing vessel encountered high winds and 13' seas before when it began taking on water. The fishing vessel was more than 30 miles south of Resurrection Bay.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak launched and rescued the four fishermen from a life raft at 10:51 p.m. The put on their survival suits before abandoning ship. The men were safely transported to Seward at 1:03 a.m. Friday, with no reported injuries.

September 28, 2012

Western Flyer Sinks

On Monday, Sept 24, the Washington D of E and the Coast Guard responded to a report that 71-foot wooden hulled F/V WESTERN FLYER, built in 1937, had sunk with a possible 750 gallons of fuel in the northern part of the Swinomish Channel near the Twin Bridge Marina and was causing noticeable oil sheen above the vessel, with some of it spreading southward down the channel.

Global Diving and Salvage Company has been contracted by the Coast Guard to place an oil boom, plug and patch the source of the leak, and remove the fuel from the boat. Details on the sinking of WESTERN FLYER have not been released.

September 28, 2012

Oil Platform Workers Injured

The Coast Guard confirmed that a W&T Offshore gas platform located in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Wednesday morning, forcing three workers to evacuate.

Two of the workers suffered minor injuries as they evacuated the platform located in 120 feet of water about 29 miles south of Terrebonne Parrish, La.'s Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge.

W&T Offshore's Janet Yang said the accident occurred on an oil-processing platform, not a drilling rig. Yang said she did not believe an active well was located at the site.

The fire was reported at 10:20 a.m. Five contracted response vessels sprayed water on the platform had it extinguished by 2 p.m.

W&T officials reported that an inspection cover on a heater-treater valve cover blew out, causing the fire. It also resulted in a hydrocarbon spill that caused a sheen 600 yards long by a half-mile wide to form. Workers were able to shut in the platform before evacuating, preventing additional pollution from entering the water.' The sheen was still present, but reports indicated it was dissipating.

September 25, 2012

Seven Rescued

According to the US Coast Guard crews from the Cutter Seneca assisted seven people aboard a sinking fishing vessel about 150 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday.

Watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a distress call from the 79-foot F/V Linda at approximately 2:02 p.m. reporting that their vessel was taking on water with seven people aboard.

A fishing vessel in the area located the distressed fishing vessel and reported that the vessel was stable, utilizing pumps, all people aboard were outfitted with survival suits and a life raft was prepared. Meanwhile the Cutter Seneca, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod  MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HU-25 Falcon Jet crew arrived on scene and assisted the vessel with dewatering, shoring the damaged hull and restarting the engine.  

"The Coast Guard would like to stress the importance of having dewatering and shoring equipment on board vessels to increase readiness in times of mishaps at sea," said Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Caron, an operation unit controller at Sector Southeastern New England Command Center.

The Coast Guard escorted the 79-foot fishing vessel Linda to its homeport of New Bedford, Mass.

September 23, 2012

Crewman Medevaced with Head Injury

September 21, 8:35 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call from the 52-foot F/V MELVILLE that a crewmate had fallen and suffered a serious head injury about 90 miles west of the mouth of the Columbia River.

The Coast Guard helicopter arrived when MELVILLE was about 75 miles from the river mouth. A rescue swimmer was lowered, and climbed aboard to help the uninjured crewman clear the MELVILLE deck and prepare the injured man for air lift. The injured man was lifted by helicopter to the air station in Astoria, where he was transferred by EMS to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

September 21, 2012

Crewman Overboard

Sometime between 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. on Sept 20, passengers aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship SERENADE OF THE SEAS reported a man overboard in rough seas in the Adriatic Sea, about 40 miles off Ancona, while bound for Venice, Italy. The man was a 24-year-old man from Panama who was working as a galley steward. Italian and Croatian Coast Guards conducted a search by sea and by air, but did not find him.

September 20, 2012

Moonlight Maid sinks

F/V MOONLIGHT MAID sank the night of September 20 in Resurrection Bay. Wooden hulled, 110-foot MOONLIGHT MAID was once a World War II sub chaser, SC 536, serving in the South Pacific. After the war, she was sold and used for fishing.

A crewmember of MOONLIGHT MAID radioed the Coast Guard at 9:01 p.m. that they were taking on water. He reported they'd lost their generator and were using flashlights as they put on their survival suits and readied their life raft and EPIRB. MOONLIGHT MAID remained in contact with the Coast Guard until abandoned.

Seas at the time were 13 feet with 20-30 mph winds. The crew of four were rescued by Coast Guard helicopter and taken to Seward without report of injury. The crew was well prepared with EPIRB, radio, life raft, survival suits.

MOONLIGHT MAID went down with around 3,000 gallons of diesel. The Coast Guard is monitoring for debris and pollution and investigating the cause of the sinking.

September 20, 2012

Captain Med-Evaced

Around 10:30 p.m. on September 18, the Coast Guard received a call that the captain of the 40 foot S/V BETH had incurred back, rib, and arm injuries caused by the boom. This happened about thirteen miles west of Port Angeles, Washington.

The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and a response boat, which arrived at around 11:30. The USCG safely transferred the injured man to the response boat, which transported him to EMS support at Port Angeles and then treated at nearby Olympic Medical Center. In the meantime, BETH was towed into Port Angeles by the Coast Guard.

According to USCG registration documents, BETH is home-ported in Bellingham, WA. An investigation is underway.

September 20, 2012

Passenger Remains Missing

Sunday, September 16, at 9:25 p.m. EDT, a 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tennessee, went overboard from Royal Caribbean cruise ship ALLURE OF THE SEAS about 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed for a seven-day cruise, with Nassau the next destination. According to reports, one other guest witnessed the tragedy, and the cruise ship surveillance camera recorded and confirmed the woman having gone into her cabin but not coming back out. It has not been disclosed under what circumstances she went overboard.

Officers on board ALLURE OF THE SEAS were notified at 9:30 p.m., and began to search the ship to find her. The Coast Guard was not notified until 11:30 p.m. ALLURE OF THE SEAS continued to sail much of those two hours during the on board search, returning to search where she fell after they were able to pinpoint the timing and GPS coordinates from the video footage.

ALLURE OF THE SEAS is the largest cruise ship in the world, with a capacity of 5,400 passengers and 2,300 crew members.

The Coast Guard began a 46-hour search of over 2,300 miles by helicopter, other aircraft, and by sea. The woman was not found during that time and the search was suspended. The FBI is now involved in the investigation.

September 18, 2012

Police Boats Sinks: Operator Error

NEW YORK -- The media reports that a NY/NJ Port Authority Harbor Police boat carrying 10 officers sank in the cold waters off of Breezy Point in New York on Sunday, September 9. Operator error is being sited as the cause.

According to reports, seven of the officers were already in the water training for their water-rescue certification when the 37-foot craft started sinking at 4:30 p.m. The rest were quickly forced to abandon ship. Those in the water swam some 300 feet to shore; the rest were picked up by an FDNY marine unit after transferring themselves and some gear to a life raft.

Moose Boats sent a letter to customers explaining what happened and providing a warning to other operators:

"The cause of the vessel's sinking was a result of the crew removing the Hamilton Jet impeller inspection hatch in an attempt to cut free a suspected line caught in the impeller. The impeller inspection hatch is below the water line by several inches is only intended for servicing access with the vessel out of the water.

"The crew were unable to replace the impeller inspection hatch cover due to the large volume of the water entering the engine compartment through the open impeller inspection port. The watertight Freeman deck hatch on the swim grid may have remained removed creating a full flood condition of the hull as the buoyancy diminished resulting in the vessel sinking."

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

September 12, 2012

Two Rescued

On Saturday, Sept 8, the Coast Guard, local rescue agencies, and Good Samaritans searched for and rescued two men whose boat sank off Beaver Point, Alaska. The boat is said to be a 28-foot aluminum vessel called KAITLIN RAI. When waves capsized her, the men were able to climb onto the hull, which gave them time to take action before she sank.

Stonie Huffman was able to find a survival suit floating among the debris, and eventually to don it. With some effort, Ryan Hunter Harris was able to get into a fishing tote and kept afloat in that manner. The waves soon separated the men. Mac Huffman spent the night floating in his survival suit before landing on the beach at Point Amelia and attracting rescuers.

The two men had been reported overdue by friends late Friday night; multiple searches ensued as light and weather permitted. During a third search effort on Saturday Huffman was located on the beach by an Alaska State Trooper vessel and airlifted by the Coast Guard to Sitka for medical care. With information on the likely whereabouts of Ryan Harris, a fourth search effort followed. A Good Samaritan fishing vessel crew soon found Harris, who had been floating in the fish tote for over 24 hours by then, further north near Eagle Rock. The Coast Guard airlifted him for medical treatment in Sitka. Both men were reported in stable condition at the time of their rescues.

September 9, 2012

Cook Overboard in Oregon

On August 7, at 8:55 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended its search for a man, later identified as Andre Staples of Birmingham, Alabama who was a cook on the sternwheeler, who had fallen from the stern of QUEEN OF THE WEST. The 221-foot sternwheeler, which runs cruises along the Columbia River, was at dock in Rainier, Oregon, when the loss 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.

September 7, 2012

Vessel Sinks Spilling Oil

A Magone Marine boat sank while tied up at the dock in Unalaska Thursday morning, spilling a small amount of diesel fuel. Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill says it's not clear why the landing craft JOSHUA sank. The vessel leaked 10 gallons of diesel into the water before Magone personnel were able to stop the spill. There are still 750 gallons of fuel inside the landing craft.

Magone personnel will try to refloat the JOSHUA Friday afternoon. Fothergill says the Coast Guard will be on hand to supervise that operation. The agency is investigating the cause of the sinking.