Articles Posted in Recreational Boaters

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Four people were rescued from Knight Island in Marsha Bay in the vicinity of Prince William Sound, Friday afternoon, after their boat sank.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were initially notified via satellite phone by a good Samaritan who heard the distress call via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Alaska State Troopers later received an emergency beacon alert from the survivors indicating that they were in distress.

Sector Anchorage watchstanders correlated the two distress calls and launched Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews along with a Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew.

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Besides bad weather a 26 foot boat struck on underwater obstruction putting three lives at risk. Two Coast Guard boatcrews rescued the three people aboard the boat that had hit a submerged object and became dead in the water near Sand Island, on the Columbia River, Friday afternoon.

The boaters were reportedly uninjured and the stricken 26-foot boat was towed into the port of Ilwaco and moored safely.

The boatcrews arrived on scene within minutes of receiving the call and began assisting the boaters. A Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment crew, aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small II, was used to tow the vessel from shallow waters, where it was then passed off to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew conducted the tow to Ilwaco.

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Two kayakers were assisted to safety after high winds stranded them near Sucia Island, Saturday afternoon.
The kayakers were picked up by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish and safely transported to Orcas Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a cell phone call from the kayakers at about 3:40 p.m. requesting assistance because they felt unsafe in attempting to make the transit back to Orcas Island. A Canadian Coast Guard Motor Life Boat crew also responded and arrived on scene at the same time as the Swordfish’s crew.

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A good Samaritan rescued three adults and two teenagers from a 32-foot personal craft taking on water in the vicinity of Naked Island Sunday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mobile phone call at 6 a.m. from one of the five people reporting they abandoned ship and swam to shore after their boat began to sink. Sector Anchorage issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to vessels in the area to render assistance. The 33-foot good Samaritan vessel Sweet Pea responded to the call and brought the five people safely aboard. There were no reports of injuries.

A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew transferred the five from the Sweet Pea and took them safely to Whittier.

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The Coast Guard has suspended the search at 1 p.m., Saturday, for Jerry Wayne Middleton, who was last seen aboard a 14-foot skiff in Shilshole Bay.

Coast Guard crews from Station Seattle, Air Station Port Angeles, the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, as well as members of the Bainbridge Island and Seattle police departments, searched the area around Middleton’s last known location for over 20 hours with negative results. Additionally, Shishole Bay Marina staff reviewed their camera footage and Bainbridge Island Police Department personnel searched the shoreline.

Search efforts began when a good Samaritan reported Middleton’s 14-foot skiff unmanned and adrift in the bay Friday. A second good Samaritan reported seeing him aboard his skiff 30 minute prior to the unmanned report and a third good Samaritan came across debris in the water.

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The Coast Guard rescued a 59-year-old man who injured his arm near the Umqua River jetty outside of Winchester Bay.

The man, who suffered a severe injury to his arm, was transported back to Coast Guard Station Umpqua River where he was met by local emergency medical services and then transported man to local urgent care.

Station Umpqua River watchstanders received the request for assistance from the operator of the 29-foot pleasure craft stating that he injured his arm after being hit by a wave. A Station Umpqua River 47-foot motor life boat crew launched, arrived on scene and removed the injured man from his vessel.

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Once again demonstrating how appropriate Good Samaritan assistance saves lives, the vessel Northern Rose rescued four people from a plane crash in Cattle Pass near the south end of Lopez Island, Friday morning.

The four survivors, one woman and three men, were transported to Friday Harbor by the crew of the Northern Rose and are being treated for injuries and hypothermia by emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound located in Seattle were notified at 9:13 a.m., by Kenmore Air of an electronic emergency signal for one of their planes. Watchstanders also received a mayday call from the Northern Rose reporting the plane crash at about the same time.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted two men from the sinking 35-foot sailing vessel Rafiki 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska, early Wednesday morning.

The Jayhawk aircrew then rendezvoused with an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew in Sand Point, Alaska. The Hercules crew transported the men to awaiting EMS in Kodiak.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders in Juneau received notification Tuesday evening from Coast Guard 14th District in Honolulu, Hawaii, watchstanders that an amateur radio operator had established communications with the Rafiki. 17th District watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, requested the launch of the Hercules and Jayhawk crews and diverted the Rising Sun, an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System vessel, to assist. Watchstanders also directed the men on the Rafiki to activate their emergency position indicating radio beacon and to keep it with them and remain with the vessel as long as possible.

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Coast Guard air and boat crews and local agencies worked together to recover three mariners near Bandon, Ore., Saturday morning.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend recovered two mariners in the water while Bandon Police personnel recovered a third mariner from the rocks on the south jetty and transferred them to local Emergency Medical Service personnel.

At 9:20 a.m., Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a call from the Coquille River Sherriff’s office, after a local fisherman reported seeing an 18 to 20-foot recreational vessel being hit by a wave while crossing the Coquille River bar.

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The Coast Guard located a man and woman reported overdue aboard a 34-foot cabin cruiser approximately 36 miles southwest of Juneau in Freshwater Bay Sunday morning.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty located the two residents of Hoonah aboard the Surprise in Freshwater Bay. Both were safe and reported no medical concerns and were en route to Hoonah.

Both were reported overdue by a concerned party, reporting that their parents were overdue on a trip from Angoon to Hoonah. The reporting source last heard from them Friday when they called to let him know that they were getting underway from an anchorage outside Angoon to head back to Hoonah. The Angoon harbormaster reported they had seen the vessel Tuesday, and that they were underway for Hidden Falls approximately 20 miles southwest of Angoon.