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November 3, 2014

F/V NO LIMITS search for two crew suspended

A spokesperson with the Coast Guard said crews have suspended their search for two missing fishermen after a boat sank near Matinicus Island on Saturday afternoon.

Officials said they received a distress signal around 3:45 p.m. Saturday from the fishing vessel No Limits. The boat is ported in Cushing, Maine.

Efforts to contact the boat went unanswered and a search began covering 130 nautical miles over 17 hours, officials said.

A search helicopter spotted a person in the water on a raft with a flare Saturday. That person, the boat's captain Chris Hutchinson, was taken to Maine Medical Center. He has since been released.

"Whenever our fellow mariners remain missing, especially after an extensive search, it has a huge impact on all us in the local coastal community," said Lt. Cdmr. Timm Balunis, the search and rescue coordinator in a statement. "We ask the community to keep the missing crew and their families in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

The names of the missing men have not been released.

November 3, 2014

F/V NO LIMITS sinks, two missing

The Coast Guard said it has rescued one person but is still looking for two others after a 45 foot fishing vessel sank near Matinicus Island Saturday.

Officials said they received an emergency position indication radio beacon, or EPIRB, from the 45-foot No Limits, which is homeported in Cushing, on about 3:45 pm Saturday.

Efforts to contact the boat went unanswered and a search began covering 130 nautical miles over 17 hours, officials said.

Coast Guard officials said they used a rescue boat, helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod and a boat from the Maine Marine Patrol to search for the boat and its crew. The helicopter's crew spotted a flare fired from a survivor in a life raft and lifted him aboard.

"We safely recovered one crewman, and continue to search for the others," said Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England.

"We have many units covering the area, with plans to add additional assets this evening," he said.

The Coast Guard said the man was taken to Maine Medical Center but they did not release his name or condition.

The search for two others believed to be aboard was continuing and the Coast Guard said it would add more vessels to the search Saturday night.

October 9, 2014

F/V ARLINE grounding, alcohol implicated

The 50-foot fishing vessel ARLINE called the Coast Guard to report grounding in the Swinomish Channel near Anacortes, WA. The Coast Guard Cutter ADELIE assisted, its crew boarded the ARLINE. Coast Guard crewmembers administered breathalyzer tests to the skipper and crew. Results showed blood alcohol contents at .115, above the legal limit of .008. Police took the master into custody.

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September 23, 2014

Crewman medevaced

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter yesterday medevaced an injured crewman off the fishing vessel Icy Mist about 150 miles southeast of Sand Point.

The crewman was reportedly hurt "when a crab pot fell on him during loading operations," the Coast Guard said.

August 20, 2014

F/V Patricia Lee Injured Crewman MedEvaced

A Coast Guard helicopter today hoisted an injured crewman off the 116-foot fishing vessel Patricia Lee, located near Dutch Harbor.

The crewman, 27, was reported to have suffered a foot injury, the Coast Guard said.

August 5, 2014

F/V Auriga Capsized - All Safe

A 40-foot purse seiner, the Auriga, capsized Monday near Valdez, the U.S. Coast Guard reports. The four crewmen climbed aboard the Auriga's skiff and the good Samaritan vessel Cornelia Marie rescued them, the Coast Guard says.

The Auriga was fishing in the vicinity of Eaglek Bay when a storm approached from the southeast.

"The crew ceased fishing operations and prepared for the storm but a large wave reportedly caused the Auriga to capsize," the Coast Guard says. "The Auriga remains capsized and partially submerged in the vicinity of Unakwik Inlet."

The boat had about 18,000 pounds of fish aboard.

State records indicate the Auriga, a fiberglass Beck built in 1980, belongs to Thomas Lopez.

July 26, 2014

F/V VERNON Wooden Hull Leak, all safe

Friday morning, the crew of purse seiner VERNON, wooden hull built about 1920, contacted the Coast Guard reporting that they had a foot of water in the engine room. Near Ketchikan, Alaska, seas were reported at two feet with 10 mph winds. The Coast Guard sent two response boats. A Coast Guard team with four dewatering pump were able stabilize the flooding enough to escort VERNON back to port. The cause of the flooding is under investigation.

July 20, 2014

F/V MATT-MICHELLE Drowning

Near King Cove, Alaska, the 32-foot, Juneau-based MATT-MICHELLE, was broadsided by a wave that sent sent 53-year-old Rudy Dushkin Jr. overboard. The only other person aboard was the owner/captain, Bert Bendixon who sent a distress call as he threw a life ring to Mr. Dushkin. Reportedly, the captain was eventually able to get to Mr. Dushkin with a long line and then, after donning a survival suit, he jumped into the frigid water and pulled Mr. Dushkin to land. Mr. Dushkin is said to not have been wearing a life jacket. Mr. Dushkin could not be revived.

July 16, 2014

F/V JEANOAH Strikes Rock

The 67-foot JEANOAH struck a rock and began taking on water in the Shelikof Straight about 40 miles west of Kodiak, Alaska. The captain contacted the Coast Guard who sent out a helicopter and a cutter, as well as issued an urgent marine information broadcast.

The crew of KATHERINE heard the call and headed over to tow JEANOAH into safer water. A Coast Guard swimmer from the cutter, ROANOKE ISLAND, delivered dewatering pumps and effected basic temporary repairs. JEANOAH then made the trip in calm weather to the port of Kodiak, escorted by ROANOKE ISLAND.

June 6, 2014

One Dead - Refrigerant Leak

A refrigerant leak aboard a fishing vessel in St. Herman Harbor left one fisherman hospitalized and another dead yesterday.

The Kodiak Police Department and fire and rescue personnel responded to a report of a Freon leak aboard the boat Alpine Cove. Freon is a caustic chemical used in refrigeration systems.

A press release from the police department said five crewmembers were evacuated from the boat and officers provided immediate medical attention until EMS personnel arrived. Two crewmembers were ultimately transported to the hospital where 30-year-old Cody Cecil of Everett, Wash., was pronounced dead.

The other crewmember, 56-year-old Francis Rutten of Snohomish, Wash., is being treated at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for exposure to Freon.

Nearby vessels were evacuated yesterday by harbormaster staff as a precaution to the chemical release.

A preliminary investigation revealed that repair work was being done to the Alpine Cove on Tuesday night, but it is unclear if that work is related to the Freon leak. The incident is still under investigation by the police department and the Marine Safety Detachment of the U.S. Coast Guard.

May 19, 2014

Moonlight Maid Sinking report

The National Transportation Safety Board reported on the sinking of the salmon tender Moonlight Maid.

The boat was transiting from Seward to Kodiak in heavy seas on Sept. 20, 2012, when she 'sprung a plank and began flooding,' the report says. The crew of four abandoned ship into a life raft, and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted them to safety.

The NTSB report says 'inadequate maintenance of the aging wooden vessel,' a former Navy subchaser built in 1942, contributed to the hull failure.

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May 13, 2014

Ineffective Mitigating Actions

Richmond, British Columbia, 31 March 2014 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (M13W0057) into the accident involving the American fishing vessel American Dynasty, a 272-foot factory trawler run by a crew of up to 150 crewmen, that struck the HMCS Winnipeg in Esquimalt, British Columbia.

At 0818 Pacific Daylight Time on 23 April 2013, the American fishing vessel American Dynasty experienced a complete loss of electrical power (blackout) while approaching the graving dock in Esquimalt, British Columbia. The vessel was under the conduct of a docking pilot and was being assisted by 2 tugs at the time. Following the blackout, the American Dynasty gained speed to an estimated 5 knots, veered to starboard, and struck the port side of the HMCS Winnipeg, berthed at the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. There was extensive damage to both vessels and 6 shipyard workers on the HMCS Winnipeg sustained minor injuries.

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April 24, 2014

F/V Fined for Illegal Catch

(CORDOVA, Alaska) - Fishermen's Finest Inc., a Washington based corporation and owner/operator of multiple commercial trawling vessels, pleaded guilty in a Cordova Court yesterday to illegal fishing with Non-Pelagic Trawl gear in state waters that were closed to the use of trawl gear.

An investigation initiated by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers Statewide Wildlife Investigations Unit revealed that on two occasions, in July of 2010 and again in July of 2011, the F/V US Intrepid harvested a total of over 56,000 pounds of lingcod by catch in waters of the Eastern Gulf of Alaska by use of Non-Pelagic Trawl gear during a federal fishery. While a majority of the lingcod was released, 11,000 pounds were retained and sold commercially, running the corporation afoul with state law. The F/V US Intrepid is a 186 foot catcher/processer vessel owned and operated by Fishermen's Finest Inc.

As part of a plea agreement with the State of Alaska, Fishermen's Finest was sentenced to pay a fine of $12,500 and an additional $2,500 suspended with a probationary period of three years. In addition, the company was ordered to forfeit proceeds from the illegally taken catch in an amount of $10,326.

"In just one week, this one vessel illegally harvested approximately 70 percent of the entire lingcod quota for the Super Exclusive Icy Bay Subdistrict Lingcod fishery," said Alaska Wildlife Troopers Sergeant Brent Johnson. "This case highlights the importance of Wildlife Investigations Unit as it was specifically created to investigate these types of high value cases involving commercial users of Alaska's fish and wildlife resources."

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.