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Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a fisherman who had reportedly suffered a seizure aboard the fishing vessel Hecate, about 9 miles west of Winchester Bay, Thursday morning.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend safely hoisted the man at about 11 a.m. and transferred him to waiting EMS at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in stable condition.

Watchstanders at Sector North Bend were notified of the man’s condition at about 1 a.m., Thursday morning, and coordinated with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended the vessel transit toward Coast Guard Station Umpqua River.

“We had the captain of the boat conferenced in with the flight surgeon and they were going to try and make it to where they could transfer to our small boat,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Frey, a watchstander at Sector North Bend. “The weather started to get worse and the bars started to get really rough so it was decided that a helicopter hoist was the safest course of action.”

On-scene weather conditions were reported to be 10-mile visibility, 20-mph winds and 15-to-20 foot seas.

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A fisherman on the 38-foot fishing vessel Norn makes a mayday call to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, reporting the vessel was taking on water 38-miles off La Push, Wash., Dec. 17, 2015.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles responded, rescuing all three crewmembers and recovering their life raft.

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution with the onset of heavy weather expected to affect the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, this weekend.

The Coast Guard has notified the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, patrolling in the Bering Sea with an embarked Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, to standby to assist mariners.

Capt. Diane Durham, chief of response, 17th District, said,. “We are encouraging all mariners to monitor National Weather Service reports and take appropriate safety precautions, such as pulling into a safe harbor or taking shelter in the lee of an island, in order to safeguard their crews.”

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service forecasted that the storm will include hurricane force winds, 45-foot seas and possible coastal flooding in Western Alaska.

Please visit the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Website at for the most up to date information on the storm.

In order to learn more about preparing for emergency situations please visit the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Website at

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The Coast Guard has closed all maritime entrances in the Pacific Northwest, Friday, due to severe  sea conditions and large amounts of debris in the water.

In Oregon, the ports of Chetco River in Brookings; Coos Bay; Umpqua River in Winchester Bay; Siuslaw River in Florence; Yaquina Bay in Newport; Depoe Bay; Tillamook Bay in Girabaldi; and the Columbia River are closed to all traffic. 

In Washington the port of Grays Harbor in Westport; and Quillayute River in LaPush are closed.

Several storms carrying strong winds and heavy rainfall crossed the Pacific Northwest over the last week and have caused flooding and landslides in parts of Oregon and Washington.

Flood waters and landslides have caused large amounts of debris to flow in the river systems causing potential problems with maritime traffic.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and mariners operating in the inland rivers to be aware of potential floating debris and debris below the surface and report any major issues with navigational channels to the Coast Guard.

Capt. Dan Travers, commander Sector Columbia River and Captain of the Port for all ports in Oregon and Southwest Washington said, “The storms that we all experienced over the last several days have made it dangerous for mariners to transit in and out of our many rivers due to severe sea conditions and debris.”

For updated river entrance observations and conditions visit the NOAA Western U.S. Bar Observation site.

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A lawyer representing the family of Lonnie Jordan, an El Faro crew member, has filed a $100 million lawsuit against TOTE Service Inc. and TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, as well as the El Faro captain. The ship sank off the Bahamas on October 1st, and search and rescue ended after eight days. On October 5th, the U.S. Coast Guard found a body of a crewmember in a survival suit.

The lawsuit was filed family by attorney Willie E. Gary. Gary has accused the company of negligence and putting profit ahead of the lives of its employees. “We hope to get to the bottom of this,” Gary said. “We are at war now.”

“Tote Services, negligently permitted the El Faro to sail out to sea despite being in an unseaworthy condition to handle the conditions of a violent storm,” the lawsuit states.
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A 28-year-old male reportedly experienced symptoms of a seizure aboard a 70-foot fishing vessel approximately 12 miles northwest of the Columbia River entrance, Tuesday night. He was medically assisted by a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Cape Disappointment, in Ilwaco, Washington, launched to escort the vessel across the Columbia River bar and brought the vessel to the station around 11:30 p.m., where local emergency medical responders were waiting to transport the man by ambulance to Ocean Beach Hospital.

The crew of the fishing vessel Ocean Beaut contacted Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders at approximately 8:11 p.m., Tuesday, reporting a crewmember was suffering from symptoms of a seizure and needed medical attention.

At the time of the escort, the Columbia River bar conditions were reported to be 8-to-10 foot swells with 5-to-10 knot winds from the north.

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A shift in the approach to safety management of enclosed spaces on board ships is needed. Fifteen years ago, while working as an independent surveyor, I was carrying out a condition survey on board a bulk carrier. The scope of the survey included testing the emergency generator, located in the steering flat and accessed by an inclined ladder.

Accompanied by the superintendent and the chief engineer, we had no sooner reached the bottom of the space when the chief engineer urgently ordered us all out. By the time we had exited the space, within seconds, we were all in a state of dizziness and confusion, compounded by our inability to comprehend what had just occurred. Further investigation revealed that Freon gas had leaked from refrigeration machinery located in the steering flat and being heavier than air, had migrated into the emergency generator space, displacing breathable air. It was a lucky escape. Victims of asphyxiation in enclosed spaces deficient in oxygen will normally receive no such warning that anything is wrong or have the ability to quickly escape.
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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Forward Operating Location Cordova hoisted a fisherman from the north side of Montague Island and safely transported him approximately 50 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a request for assistance from the fisherman reporting that his 30-foot fishing vessel was disabled and aground. Watchstanders maintained a communication schedule with the fisherman who later reported he was preparing to abandon ship onto Montague Island, an uninhabited bear relocation site, due to incoming surf. Watchstanders directed the launch of the Cordova Jayhawk aircrew.

Weather on scene was reported as 3-foot seas and 29-mph winds.

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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued three people from a disabled vessel in Bristol Bay, Sunday.

The Jayhawk crew, with an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew flying to support them, safely hoisted the crew from the disabled fishing vessel and transported them to Dillingham.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a distress call from the 32-foot fishing vessel’s operator reporting engine failure and a fear that the vessel would drift onto the nearby rocky shore.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders directed the launch of the Jayhawk and Hercules aircrews, who travelled more than 250 miles to perform the rescue.

The vessel ran aground shortly after the completion of the hoist.

Weather on scene was reported as 35-mph winds and 5-foot seas.

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The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a fishing vessel in Kelp Bay near Sitka Friday.

Coast Guard personnel from Sector Juneau, the Coast Guard Cutter Maple and Air Station Sitka examined the scene of the sunken 49-foot fishing vessel Sierra Allene and are working with the vessel’s owner to mitigate the situation.

Watchstanders from the Sector Juneau command center received a radio call from the crew of the fishing vessel Irish when they discovered a portion of the Sierra Allene jutting out of the water.  The vessel’s owner reported the Sierra Allene has approximately 600 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

“The Coast Guard is working with stakeholders and the owner to resolve the situation and protect nearby sensitive areas,” said Ens. Charles Fraizzell, Sector Juneau assistant incident management division chief. 

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.