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March 15, 2014

F/V Seeker ManOverboard - Search Suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard just announced it has suspended the active search for a man reported overboard north of Unimak Island in the Bering Sea.

Searchers covered 64 square miles over 10 hours.

The Coast Guard said it received a report this morning from the Seafreeze Alaska that a crewmember of the F/V Seeker had gone overboard.

State records list the owner of the 98-foot Seeker as James M. Seavers, of Newport, Ore.

The Coast Guard has not named the missing man.

A Coast Guard helicopter completed one search of the area, returned to Cold Bay to refuel, and completed a second search. The cutter Alex Haley assisted the search.

March 14, 2014

Crewman Overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard says a search is under way for a man reported overboard from the F/V Seeker 10 miles northwest of Unimak Island in the Bering Sea.

A Coast Guard helicopter out of Cold Bay and several good Samaritan vessels are searching the area. The cutter Alex Haley also is responding.

Conditions on scene include winds of 35 miles per hour with 10-foot seas.

March 10, 2014

Saved by Samaritans

The crews of 30-foot F/V MISS JANA and 50-foot F/V EQUINOX, both hailing out of Cordova, AK, and owned by Leslie P. Allen of Valdez, came to the rescue of three people whose 36-foot Belltech 5 was sinking near Valdez Wednesday night.

The Belltech 5 had already sunk with her crew already in the water when MISS JANA arrived to pull them out. The three rescued men were then transferred to EQUINOX, which in turn transferred them to the Coast Guard for further transport for medical care. Conditions at that time included snow, 7mph winds, and 3-foot seas.

According to the Coast Guard, the Belltech 5 sunk to a depth of 1,200 with no noted pollution. The three men are alive thanks to their timely communication via the proper channel, VHF 16, the Coast Guard's quick response, and two Good Samaritan fishing vessel crews.

March 1, 2014


For the third time this month, a Coast Guard helicopter has retrieved a medical patient off the Bering Sea processing ship Ocean Phoenix.

Tuesday Feb 25 medevac involved a crewman, described as 25 to 30 years old, with a "severe injury to his left hand," the Coast Guard said. The 680-foot Ocean Phoenix was 85 miles northwest of Cold Bay. Coast Guard medevaced the man from OCEAN PHOENIX via helicopter to Cold Bay, and from there he was taken to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

The crewman's name and current condition have not been released. At the time of his medevac, winds were at 35mph winds with 10-foot seas.

Previously this month: February 16, one of the crewmen was medevaced for an eye injury, February 13, a 25-year-old crewmember was medevaced because she was experiencing chest pains.

January 26, 2014

F/V JoeMarie aground

62-foot F/V JOE MARIE ran aground on the Chetco Jetty near Brookings, Oregon on Jan 21, 2014. Four crewmen were aboard the vessel and all are reported safe after rescue by a Coast Guard Motor life boat.

January 22, 2014

F/V Eclipse collides with jetty

55-foot F/V ECLIPSE collided with the Yaquina Bay south jetty On Jan 20, 2014. Three crewmen were aboard the vessel. One crewman was lifted from the vessel by a Coast Guard helicopter and another crewman reached shore by climbing onto the jetty and then making his way to shore. The captain of the vessel stayed aboard and was able to dewater with the assistance of the Coast Guard. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Initial reports did not identify any injuries to the crew.

January 13, 2014

Sick Crewman Medevaced

A 50-year-old crewman aboard Seattle-based, 50-foot PAVLOF became ill and required a Coast Guard medevac for health care, on Jan 9, off Cold Bay, Alaska. The Coast Guard helicopter medevaced the crewman about 55 miles northwest of Cold Bay and transported him to the Cold Bay Clinic, and then on to Anchorage. The man was suffering a staph infection. Weather at the time of his medevac was reported as two-foot seas and 17mph winds.

January 1, 2014

F/V Juno Afire

F/V JUNO, a 131-foot, Westport-based fish processor, reportedly caught fire around 1:30a.m. on December 28, while moored at her pier. The master was on board at the time, but evacuated safely. No other crew were reported on board.

The Coast Guard and Westport Fire Department doused the fire by about 4am, they estimated about 5,000 gallons of firefighting water remained aboard JUNO, causing her to list. The water will be removed and possible pollution sources will be identified and contained. No pollution has been reported. A full investigation of the cause of the fire is underway.

December 19, 2013

F/V NAT Grounded

The crew of F/V NAT contacted the Coast Guard in North Bend, Oregon, informing them they were about to run aground on the south jetty of Yaquina Bay as they headed back to port after setting crab pots.

The vessel grounded there, as predicted, and the NAT crew swam to shore where they were treated for potential hypothermia. According to reports, the captain required further medical care for broken ribs. No pollution was been reported during the grounding or in subsequent salvage operations. The cause of the grounding of NAT, a 37-foot wooden-hulled fishing vessel hailing from Long Beach, WA, is under investigation.

December 1, 2013

F/V SEA ANGELS Crewman Injured

Crewman Clint Owens, 41, suffered a head injury aboard Beaufort, N.C.-based F/V SEA ANGELS when struck by rigging equipment. SEA ANGELS contacted the Coast Guard around 7:00 a.m. The victim's symptoms included short-term memory loss, severe neck pain, jaw injury, and lacerations.

The incident occurred near Ormond Beach, Florida, north of Daytona Beach. The Coast Guard and EMTs quickly arrived in a response boat, immobilized Mr. Owens, and transported him to shore where a helicopter waited to take him to the hospital. His current condition hasn't been released.

October 1, 2013

Fatal Collision off Washington coast

The Coast Guard has declared the fatal collision of two fishing boats off the Washington coast a "serious marine incident" and an investigation is under way.

Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says it's a joint investigation with Canada into how the 90-foot Viking Storm out of Vancouver, British Columbia, collided with the 40-foot Maverick, homeport Seattle.

It happened Friday morning about 30 miles off La Push, and the Maverick sank. Three of the four people aboard were rescued by the Viking Storm and transferred ashore by the Coast Guard in good condition.

The search for the missing man was called off Saturday. The lost crewman, 32-year-old Kelly Dickerson, is presumed dead. His father, 66-year-old Darby Dickerson of Port Angeles was captain of the boat.

September 28, 2013

F/V JACKPOT Crew Member Unconscious

A fisherman was rescued from the fishing vessel JACKPOT about 20 miles west of Gray's Harbor, WA on, Aug 24, 2013, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The injury occurred when a block disintegrated and struck the crew member in the head. The crew member reportedly stopped breathing and a federal marine observer performed CPR to restore breathing breathing again. The crewman remained unconscious. A U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew performed an evacuation from the vessel and transported the injured crewman to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, OR for evaluation and treatment.

September 18, 2013

Fishing Vessel Aground: Crewman asleep

44-foot fishing vessel, ADRIANNA, ran aground through the surf near Grays Harbor Washington when the crewman on wheel watch reportedly feel asleep.

Three crewmen were aboard the vessel at the time of the incident, there are no reported injuries. Plans are in place to attempt to refloat the steel-hulled vessel. No pollution has been noted, although the vessel reportedly was carrying 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel.

The Coast Guard responded to the incident with helicopters and surfboats delivering pumps to the vessel. The Coast Guard is currently citing fatigue as the cause of the accident. "Fatigue continues to be a major problem in the commercial fishing fleet. We've had numerous cases of people running aground due to fatigue over the last year," said Captain Bruce Jones, commander, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. "In the Pacific Northwest, there's little margin for error. It's absolutely critical that mariners always remain diligent and place sufficient emphasis on safety in order to protect life and our sensitive environment."

The grounding of the ADRIANNA is under investigation by the Coast Guard.

September 12, 2013

Crewman Medevaced with internal injuries

An unidentified 37 year old crewman suffering from internal injuries has been airlifted from the 285-foot fishing vessel AMERICAN TRIUMPH. The vessel was fishing 30 miles west of Coos Bay off of the Oregon Coast. The Coast Guard call is detailed at 3:30 P.M. The crewman was evacuated by Coast Guard motor life boat and transported to Bay City where he was ambulanced to hospital. The crewman was treated and released from hospital Further details are unknown at this time.

September 1, 2013

Sinking Report blames open lazarette hatch

The United States Coast Guard has now released their comprehensive report into the sinking of the scallop fishing vessel LADY MARY. Only one of seven crewmen survived the March 24, 2009 sinking. The conclusion is that a combination of safety problems contributed to the vessel's sinking and the crewmen's deaths.

The Coast Guard determined that sometime in the early morning hours the crew of the LADY MARY removed the lazarette hatch to utilize an electric pump to dewater the lazarette compartment located in the stern of the vessel. Underwater photographs of the sunken vessel showed the lazarette hatch open with a dewatering hose coming out of the transom and discharging over the transom. With the pump in use the lazarette hatch could not be closed.

The Coast Guard concluded that it was probable the LADY MARY's lazarette flooded through the open hatch, which then allowed water to board the vessel over the transom.

Two of the LADY MARY's four deck scuppers were improperly blocked with metal plates. The blocking of the scuppers allowed waves coming aboard the vessel to be trapped between the deck's bulkworks. The combination of these factors, according to the Coast Guard, led to progressive down flooding of the vessel and loss of stability.