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The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of the 738-foot fully laden Nenita that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. On its way again after being refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning.

There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden with grain.

The vessel, headed outbound the Columbia River from Kalama, Washington reportedly lost propulsion, ran hard aground and was taking on water. The vessel’s crew found, isolated and secured the flooding in the forward peak of the vessel.

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A Coast Guard boatcrew assisted a tug and barge past fast-moving ebb tide conditions near West Haven Marina preventing a barge from running aground, Thursday evening. The boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor towed while the tug pushed the barge to safety.

The captain of the tug MaryAnne called for assistance due to being beset by the ebb tide, which was running at about 4.6 mph. The MaryAnne had been only able to maintain position for the previous two hours at Light 7 with no forward movement with the barge carrying an excavator and 30 tons of rock.

The Coast Guard crew was already underway preparing for training with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, but diverted to assist. The boatcrew rigged a towing line and worked with the crew of the MaryAnne to get to safe water and moor up.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew, foward deployed to Kotzebue, medevaced a 65-year-old male from the tug boat Drew Foss 57 miles south of Kotzebue, Friday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and transported him to awaiting emergency personnel in Kotzebue.

17th Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from Health Force Partners reporting that the 65-year-old man was suffering from stroke symptoms. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended medevac within four hours.

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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew forward deployed in Kotzebue medevaced a crew member from the French cable laying vessel Isle De Sein approximately 80 miles southeast of Barrow Wednesday evening.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the injured crew member and safely transported him to Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow.

Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received a medevac request from the France Rescue Coordination Center reporting a 55-year-old man suffering symptoms of a heart attack. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

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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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