October 2012 Archives

October 27, 2012

PATRICIA KAY crew saves diver

24-year-old man who was diving for sea cucumbers experienced problems while under water near Alitak Bay, Oct 23, which is at the south end of Kodiak Island. He surfaced short of breath, losing consciousness at times, and with symptoms of possible cardiovascular problems. The crew of Kodiak-based, 48-foot PATRICIA KAY performed CPR and called for help, the man was airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter to medical care.

According to reports, the diver had run out of air and had to surface too quickly. His name has not been released. At last word, he was said to be in stable condition.

October 27, 2012

F/V Captain lost overboard

The owner/captain of F/V DARLIN' MICHELLE, Theodore Lynch of Haines, AK, went overboard while shrimping about a mile west of Skagway Harbor, AK, during the early afternoon of October 23. Attempts to pull him back into the boat failed. According to an initial Alaska State Patrol report, Mr. Lynch's son-in-law repeatedly threw a life ring to him in order to pull him in, but Mr. Lynch's life jacket detached and came off of him during the third try at being pulled on board. He was unable to grab on and was lost.

Three Good Samaritan vessels, the Coast Guard, and Alaska State Troopers, and a Temsco Air helicopter crew searched a total of about twenty square miles before suspending their search.

October 17, 2012

Tug Crew Safe After Grounding

A tugboat crew escaped their vessel after it hit a rock in Norton Sound and began taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley says watchstanders received a report that the 70-foot tug Captain Hendren had run aground north of St. Michael.

The two crew members aboard donned survival suits, then entered a life raft which drifted ashore. They were picked up by residents of St. Michael to be warmed and treated for potential injuries.

Mosley says the Coast Guard had ramped up for an active response, but stood down once the crew was reported safe.

October 13, 2012

Fisherman Rescued

A Bellingham couple assisted in the rescue of a man adrift for 26 hours in a plastic fish bin in Alaskan waters last month.

Tele Aadsen and Joel Brady-Power saw 19-year-old Ryan Harris, who was afloat in open seas after his boat capsized northwest of Sitka, Alaska. The 28-foot aluminum boat with Harris and a crewmate had capsized Friday afternoon near the south end of Kruzof Island. They had no radio or cell phone, and friends reported them missing Friday night after they failed to return.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, a search vessel found Harris' crewmate alive on a beach. The crewmate had managed to don a survival suit after entering the water.

Harris didn't have a survival suit, but was wearing a float coat, a warm jacket with buoyancy. At one point, it is reported, he tipped into the water, but managed to right the plastic fish bin and stay afloat.

October 13, 2012

F/V Havana burns

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three crew members who abandoned their burning fishing vessel, the 35-foot HAVANNA, for a life raft 17 miles west of Cannon Beach.

A Dolphin helicopter crew flew up from Air Facility Newport,located the three survivors and lowered a rescue swimmer, who disconnected from the helicopter and swam to the raft.

The helicopter crew hoisted all three survivors and the rescue swimmer. The crew of the HAVANNA were transferred to local emergency medical service technicians.

October 10, 2012

Vessels Collide, one killed

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Donald Hatch, an Edmonds resident, was killed when a 44-foot cabin cruiser collided with his small boat during a fishing outing off Seattle's Shilshole Bay.

The United States Coast Guard confirmed Hatch died after a 44-foot cabin cruiser, the SHELMAR, collided with his 16-foot aluminum skiff. Hatch's companion on the boat was, John Johnson, of Mountlake Terrace. Hatch and Johnson had taken Hatch's skiff about a mile off Shilshole on Friday.

At about 4:10 p.m., the cabin cruiser SHELMAR collided with the skiff. Hatch and Johnson were thrown into the water, according to Eric Cookson, Coast Guard command duty officer. The two occupants of the SHELMAR pulled the men from the water, Cookson said.

When Suquamish Tribal police arrived on the scene Hatch wasn't breathing and had no pulse, Cookson said. Police performed CPR, but couldn't revive Hatch.

Johnson was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, and later released. His injuries were not immediately known.

The SHELMAR is owned by Robert Wood, who was on the boat at the time of the collision, but it's unclear if he was operating it, Cookson said.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt wouldn't release any further information Saturday, saying the accident is under investigation.

The vessels have been impounded.

Source: Christine Willmsen, Seattle Times

October 9, 2012

Five rescued from KODIAK ISLE

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that five fishermen were rescued from Sitkinak Island south of Kodiak early this morning after their 58-ft fishing vessel struck a rock and started taking on water.

Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, said the crew of the KODIAK ISLE contacted watchstanders just after midnight Thursday. They donned survival suits and abandoned ship in a life raft that drifted ashore on Sitkinak Island, as the Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and sent an MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter to the area.

"The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 2 a.m., spotted a flare from the fishermen, and safely hoisted the five men who were transferred to Kodiak with no reported injuries," Mosley wrote.

Coast Guardsmen praised the Kodiak Isle crew's preparedness, as well as the specific steps they took to assist their rescue.

"The fishermen took the proper steps to help ensure their safety during this emergency situation," said Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Brady, a Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstander. "They immediately alerted us that they had an emergency and needed help. They then put on survival suits and entered their life raft with flares and an emergency location beacon, which allowed the helicopter crew to quickly locate them."