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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing mariner off the Matson cargo vessel Maunawili approximately 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the 20-year-old man and transported him to an awaiting Guardian Flight in Cold Bay where he was flown to Anchorage for medical care.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard 17th District received notification from Seattle Health Force Partners Wednesday night that a Maine Maritime Academy cadet aboard the 712-foot Maunawili was suffering from pneumonia and respiratory complications. Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.
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The Captain of the Port, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, issued a $100,000 civil penalty Tuesday to a Washington resident who intentionally struck the Washington State Ferry Tokiate with a high-powered blue laser October 22, 2015.

Coast Guard investigating officers determined that Mark Raden of Freeland, was aboard WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at the pilot house of the Tokitae, resulting in injuries to the ferry master and chief mate.

Coast Guard officials are seeking civil penalties for violation of a safety and security zone as well as interference with the safe operation of the Tokitae while it transited between Mukilteo and Clinton. The final civil penalty amount will be determined by a Coast Guard Hearing Officer in Arlington, Va.

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A Coast Guard boatcrew was hit by a green laser light while underway near the Squalicum Harbor area of Bellingham, Wednesday night, ending a valuable training opportunity due to medical concerns.

The crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, had to return to base and a backup boatcrew had to be called to stand the remainder of the watch.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were notified of the incident by the affected boatcrew at 8:30 p.m. The incident cancelled the scheduled routine operations with a helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

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An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria rescued two local fire and rescue personnel near Cape Kiwanda, Ore. who were searching the area on personal watercraft for a 17-year-old girl when they fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen Feb. 1, 2016.
One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

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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.”

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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.

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Search for a possible man overboard after confirming with ferry staff no one had gone missing from their vessel during it’s sailing in Puget Sound, Wash., Wednesday around 7:47 p.m.

Washington State Ferry personnel reviewed their videotapes, finding no sign of a passenger going overboard, and confirmed no items, bike or car had been left aboard.

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A U.S. Administrative Law Judge suspended the merchant mariner credential of Cindy Stahl of Bainbridge Island for six months on Oct. 7, 2015 for operating a commercial towing vessel with an invalid credential.

On Feb. 17, 2015, Stahl wrongfully assumed direction and control of the towing vessel Shannon in Elliot Bay with an invalid credential in violation of U.S. laws and regulations. 

Stahl’s credential was suspended at the time as a result of a previous violation during which she endangered the crew and passengers aboard multiple Washington State ferries by purposely hindering their safe transit in Elliot Bay near Seattle on Oct. 7, 2014.

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Coast Guard crews are searching Bristol Bay for a mariner reported overdue between Egegik and Ugashik, Thursday.

Roland Briggs, the lone mariner aboard the 50-foot landing craft Ketivik, was due in Egegik Wednesday afternoon, according to a family member.

Coast Guard crews currently involved in the search include an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and the Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew. A good Samaritan also assisted in the search using a small aircraft on Thursday.

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The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing mariner in Bristol Bay, near Ugashik, Saturday.

Response crews covered more than 8,000 square miles, an area approximately the size of New Jersey, during the 54-hour search for Roland Briggs, after receiving a report from his family Thursday morning that he failed to return from a trip from Egegik.