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July 28, 2015

Dutch Harbor Medevac

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner from a fish-processing vessel in Beaver Inlet, near Dutch Harbor, Tuesday.

The Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Cold Bay, where they were staged overnight for a different case, and safely hoisted the injured man for transport to emergency medical services in Dutch Harbor.

The crew of the Northern Victor, a 360-foot fish-processing vessel, notified the Coast Guard 17th District command center of the injured crewmember, reportedly suffering from a swollen leg, Tuesday morning.

After transporting the injured man to Dutch Harbor, commercial services arranged a flight out of Dutch Harbor to a higher level of medical care.

Weather on scene was reported as light wind and calm seas.

July 27, 2015

Fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, boatcrew responded to a 30-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Monday.

The boatcrew transferred a dewatering pump and damage control kit to the two boaters and assisted them in controlling the onboard flooding before escorting the vessel to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from the crew aboard Fishing Time of the vessel taking on water due to a four-inch crack in its hull. Watchstanders launched the Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to the scene. 

"The capability of our boatcrews to transport dewatering pumps to vessels can often prevent a small problem from turning into a life-or-death situation," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Yonk, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. "It's always good for a mariner to be proactive and not wait until the last minute to notify the Coast Guard."

Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas and 15 mph winds.

July 22, 2015

F/V Flying Fish crew saved in Oregon

WARRENTON, Ore. -- Coast Guard rescued three fishermen off a 30-foot fishing vessel sinking 19 miles off of Tillamook Bay, Tuesday.

The fishermen were safely hoisted from their Garibaldi based fishing vessel, Flying Fish, at 2:30 p.m. and transferred to awaiting emergency medical services at Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi.

Search-and-rescue watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, responded to a mayday call from the crew of the fishing vessel shortly after 2 p.m., stating their vessel was taking on water. The watchstanders diverted the crews of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Tillamook Bay.

"This case is an excellent example of what to do in an emergency on the water," said Lt. Cmdr. James Gibson, Jayhawk helicopter pilot at Air Station Astoria. "The fishermen contacted the Coast Guard in a timely manner, were prepared with an emergency beacon, a back up radio, life jackets and immersion suits. Their preparation helped ensure their safety and made it easy for us to find them."

After the Jayhawk crew safely rescued the fishermen, the MLB crew continued to the vessel's last known location. Upon arrival to the area at 3:15 p.m., the crew reported that the fishing vessel had sunk and a debris field and an oily sheen were all that remained.
The vessel was carrying an unknown amount of fuel when it sank.

The cause of the sinking is unknown at this time.

The weather and sea conditions were reported as 6 to 10-foot seas with wind speeds of 11mph and gusts up to 27mph. 

July 10, 2015

F/V Flying Finn captain Medevaced

A fishing vessel captain reportedly suffering from a stroke 27 miles off Gold Beach, Friday.

The captain was stabilized by a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from the Rogue River Search and Rescue Detachment in Wedderburn, who safely transferred the captain to local emergency medical crews in Gold Beach.

Sector North Bend watchstanders received a call around 10:40 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the 46-foot fishing vessel Flying Finn stating that his captain was suffering a possible stroke.

The 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Rogue River was immediately launched to assist. With two boatcrew members, one an EMT, transferring to the fishing vessel to stabilize the captain before moving him onto the MLB for the transit to Gold Beach.

After safely delivering the captain, the boatcrew returned to the fishing vessel and escorted the remaining crewmember south, where they met an MLB crew, from Station Chetco River, who took over and finished the vessel escort into Brookings.

July 2, 2015

Medevac from F/V Capt-Jay near Sand Point, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner near Sand Point, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk crew flew 230 miles from Kodiak, safely hoisted the 28-year-old man from the 48-foot fishing vessel Capt-Jay, and transported him to Sand Point.

The man was then transferred aboard a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane and flown to Kodiak for treatment.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a report that the mariner was suffering from a head injury. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended immediate medevac.

Weather on scene was reported as 8-mph winds and 2-foot seas.

June 29, 2015

Medevacs in Gulf of Alaska

Coast Guard aircrews from Kodiak and Sitka, Alaska, conducted two separate medevacs in the Gulf of Alaska Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured Marine from Old Harbor on Kodiak Island and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted an ailing fisherman from a fishing vessel in Gilmer Bay near Sitka.

In the first medevac, Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve detachment of a Marine who injured his back while working on a runway improvement project in Old Harbor. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew picked up the Marine and transported him to Air Station Kodiak where he was met by awaiting emergency medical personnel.

In the second medevac, Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report of a man suffering from stroke-like symptoms aboard the 35-foot fishing vessel Ocean Storm in Gilmer Bay. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoisted the fisherman and transported him to Air Station Sitka where he was met by awaiting emergency medical personnel.

"Due to the nature of calls for assistance and the remote locations a number of these cases occur, the safest and most effective way to transport people is by Coast Guard helicopter," said Chief Petty Officer Robert Luna, a Coast Guard 17th District watchstander. "Our continuous training prepares us to safely and effectively transport those in need out of the harsh Alaskan environment, whether at sea or on land."

The weather on scene in Old Harbor was reported as light wind and rain with 10 miles of visibility, and the weather on scene in Gilmer Bay was reported as calm winds with 10 miles of visibility.

June 13, 2015

Coast Guard assists disabled vessel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Coast Guard Cutter Munro crewmembers and a Coast Guard Auxiliary crew assisted two men when their vessel was disabled in Chrome Bay, near the mouth of Cook Inlet, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from a concerned family member Friday that the Sea Venture, a 33-foot fishing vessel homeported in Kenai, was disabled and unable to establish communication over the radio.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro diverted to Cook Inlet and established radio communications with the two men Saturday morning but were not able to take the vessel in tow due to water depth.

After arriving on scene, crewmembers from the Munro launched a small boat to assist the men in attempting to repair the vessel. The crew determined the Sea Venture would need to be towed from Chrome Bay.

An auxiliary crew consisting of members from Homer and Anchorage responded and towed the vessel to Homer. The Munro crew escorted and maintained communications with the auxiliarists until they were able to establish communications with Sector Anchorage watch standers.

The weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds and calm seas.

June 10, 2015

4 Rescued from F/V Kupreanof

JUNEAU, Alaska -- A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew rescued four men from a life raft in Fairweather Grounds between Cross Sound and Yakutat Bay, Wednesday morning.
The aircrew hoisted the men and transported them safely to emergency medical services at Air Station Sitka.

Sector Juneau watchstanders received a mayday call from the captain of the Kupreanof, a 73-foot fishing vessel homeported in Petersburg, reporting that the vessel was taking on water. Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka.

The aircrew arrived on scene as the Kupreanof crewmembers began entering their life raft. Once the crewmembers were in the life raft, the aircrew began hoisting the men into the helicopter.

"The crew of the Kupreanof did the right thing by calling for help, putting on their immersion suits and safely abandoning the ship," said Lt. Ben Neal, a pilot at Air Station Sitka.  "Emergencies can occur at any time and having the right safety equipment is critical when operating in Alaska's extreme environment."

All four mariners were reported in good condition. Coast Guard personnel will attempt to determine the cause of the sinking.

Weather on scene was 10-mph winds and 7-foot seas.

May 23, 2015


Coast Guard incident management crews are monitoring a sunken fishing vessel for pollution and hazard to navigation concerns in the Ilwaco Channel near Ilwaco, Wash., Saturday. There is a potential of 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel.

At 5:38 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a report from a good Samaritan via VHF-FM channel 16 that the 37-foot fishing vessel Four Forty had struck a piling in Ilwaco channel.

The good Samaritan rescued the two people aboard Four Forty before the vessel sank approximately 100 yards east of the "A" Jetty in about 40 feet of water.

Coast Guard pollution responders and investigators arrived on scene around 8:40 a.m. and are actively monitoring the situation. A light sheening has been reported in the area.

The owner of Four Forty is working with a salvage company to remove the vessel from the channel. Its position has been marked by a red cherry buoy and Coast Guard watchstanders have issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast to alert mariners in the area.

 "We are asking all mariners to steer clear of the area around the sunken vessel," said Petty Officer 1st Class J.M. "Mike" Bennett, situations unit controller at Sector Columbia River. "The crews on scene are working to mitigate any potential pollution and remove the vessel as quickly as possible."

May 5, 2015

F/V SEA BEAST sinks, Master missing

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen and is currently searching for the master of a 52-foot fishing vessel after it reportedly took on water, capsized and subsequently sank 14 miles offshore of Quillayute River, Sunday.

A Coast Guard Station Quillayute River 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark are searching for the master of the Sea Beast who remains missing.
"The Coast Guard is actively searching for the master of the Sea Beast near Quillayute River and anyone in the area with information about the case is asked to call the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center on VHF-FM radio Channel 16 or at 206-217-6001," said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Morales, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. "Fortunately the other three crewmembers were able to safely abandon ship and have been recovered in good condition."

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April 9, 2015

Coast Guard terminates 2 voyages for safety

Coast Guard crews operating in Rosario Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca terminated the voyages of two commercial fishing vessels for safety gear concerns in the past 36 hours. One vessel was near Anacortes, the second in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Both vessels were safely escorted to port and will remain in port until commercial fishing vessel examiners from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, verify safety deficiencies have been corrected.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Daybreak in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Thursday, April 5, 2015. Law enforcement officers observed a lack of life raft, visual distress signals or emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard. There was also an insufficient number of immersion suits aboard. Wahoo's crew safely escorted the vessel to Neah Bay.

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April 3, 2015

Russian Trawler Sinks - 56 Dead - Ice, or Safety Violation?

The Russian trawler the Dalniy Vostok went down in the Sea of Okhotsk, off the Kamchatka peninsula, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement, at around 06:30 local time (20:30 GMT Wednesday).

56 people so far confirmed dead. The captain was reported to be among the dead. The trawler sank within 15 minutes. Sixty-three people have been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to officials in Russia's Far East, but 13 are reported missing.

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April 2, 2015

Coast Guard medevac near Cold Bay, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a mariner experiencing abdominal complications from the fishing vessel U.S. Intrepid 30 miles south of Cold Bay Sunday.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted the 19-year-old man and transported him to Cold Bay, where an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew landed to transfer him to a higher level of care in Kodiak.

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March 10, 2015

F/V Savannah Ray still stranded and leaking diesel

The cod boat Savannah Ray, which wrecked Feb. 16 east of Kodiak, remains stranded and leaking diesel, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Global Diving & Salvage has been hired to recover the vessel. "We continue to monitor the situation and have not observed any impacts to the shoreline or wildlife, or any visible damage to the hull of the vessel," the Coast Guard says.

February 28, 2015

F/V Alaskan Dream - crewman dead

On 2/28/14 Alaska State Troopers were notified of a death on the F/V Alaskan Dream.

Investigation revealed that crewmember Sean O'Callahan, 29, of Florida, had passed away in his bunk sometime during the night while the vessel was headed for a fishing area near the south end of Kodiak Island. The vessel returned and met troopers in Kodiak. The state medical examiner was contacted and O'Callahan's remains were shipped to Anchorage for an autopsy. Nothing suspicious was observed during the investigation and next of kin has been notified.