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The Coast Guard is responding to an incident involving a motor vessel that grounded in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, Friday night.

The motor vessel Rosco Palm, a 751-foot Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship reportedly ran aground at 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, refloated, moved to a few miles upstream to mitigate collision risk and then grounded while at anchor on sand bottom while waiting for first light assessment.

The vessel has refloated with the tide at 7:40 am and there is no indication of pollution being discharged. The vessel is transiting to an anchorage with pilot and tug assist. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew conducted an overflight of the vessel on Friday night and will conduct another overflight as weather conditions permit.

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Coast Guard Sector Juneau, along with multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued 18 people from the 35-foot whale-watching motor vessel Big Red in Favorite Channel near Juneau, Sunday afternoon.

All 16 passengers and two crewmembers were recovered and embarked onto motor vessel St. Herman, with the help of recreational vessel See You, and transported to Allen Marine Dock to await Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel. There was one injury reported.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a call from a crewmember of the Big Red reporting they were taking on water in Favorite Channel. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any vessels in the area to assist.

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A Coast Guard boat crew medevaced a 28-year-old crewman reportedly suffering from extreme stomach pains aboard a NOAA vessel near Garibaldi, Wednesday.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay safely transported the NOAA crewmember to emergency medical personnel, who transferred him from the station to Tillamook County Hospital.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a request at 5:42 a.m. from the crew of the Bell M. Shimada, a 209-foot American fisheries research ship homeported in Newport, for help transferring a crewmember reportedly suffering symptoms of potential appendicitis.

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A deckhand for Naknek Barge Lines, a subcontractor of Alaska Marine Lines, Spencer Vaughn Brewer, 20, of Seattle, WA, was crushed between two barges and killed in the mouth of the Naknek River, AK, on June 29, 2016.

According to the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department (BBBPD), on 6/29 Brewer rode on the tug CROSS POINT from Egegik to the mouth of the Naknek River where three barges were moored. One barge’s mooring line had fouled underneath a buoy, so Brewer, wearing a PFD, transferred to a smaller vessel and then climbed onto the buoy to fix the problem. The fierce outgoing tide pushed the barge into the buoy, knocked Brewer into the water and the tide sucked him underneath the barge.

Brewer resurfaced between two of the barges as they were being pushed together. Witnesses said they told him to get underwater to get out of the way. He failed and was crushed between the barges.

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The Coast Guard is responding to a report of the 599-foot Norway flagged chemical tanker Champion Ebony after it ran aground near Nunivak Island, Alaska, Friday morning.

The crew of Champion Ebony was able to refloat the vessel and make way under its own power to deeper water at approximately 9:28 a.m., reported no signs of pollution, and is anchored to assess for damages.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from the National Response Center at 9:24 a.m. that the vessel Champion Ebony ran aground carrying approximately 14.2 million gallons of various fuel products.

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Coast Guard vessel traffic system personnel intervened in the transit of three vessels on course to run aground or at risk of collision in Puget Sound this week.

The members of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic System Puget Sound used unconventional means to contact two of the vessels after VTS personnel were unable to reach them by mandated communication channels, and helped troubleshoot a GPS discrepancy with the third.

On Monday, VTS personnel initiated a digital selective calling alert to the crew of the fishing vessel Northwind after all other attempts to contact them via the required radio channels 05A, 13 and 16 failed while the vessel was observed exiting the traffic lane and heading toward Buckeye Shoal.

On Tuesday when VTS personnel coordinated with the master of fishing vessel Autumn Dawn to troubleshoot a plotter discrepancy that had the vessel outside the traffic lane and on a course close to Peapod Rocks.
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Falsification of records in a federal investigation is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships is punishable by up to six years of imprisonment. Scheming to defraud the United States is punishable by up to five years in prison. Each count of conviction is also punishable by a $500,000 fine against each corporation and $250,000 against each individual defendant.

The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel and two engineers from the ship were convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of 12 felony counts related to their dumping of oily waste at sea, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. The ship operator, Angelakos Hellas S.A., the ship owner, Gallia Graeca Shipping LTD, the chief engineer, Konstantinos Chrysovergis and the second engineer, Tryfon Angelou were found guilty of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the falsification of records in a federal investigation and engaging in a scheme to defraud the United States. The jury deliberated for three days following an eight-day jury trial. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour scheduled sentencing for September 16, 2016.
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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.