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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, August 25, at around 3:30 pm, forty-five miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Oregon, a crewman aboard Seattle-based, 285-foot catcher-processor F/V AMERICAN TRIUMPH sustained internal injuries requiring medical attention. This man was taken by Coast Guard motor lifeboat and transferred by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. The man is said to have been treated and released.
On Saturday, August 24. At around 6:30 a.m., the crew of F/V JACKPOT, about twenty miles off Grays Harbor, Washington, reported one of their crewmates had been struck in the head by block that had come apart. The man was at first reported as unconscious, without a pulse, and not breathing. After CPR administered by a fisheries observer who was on board, the man was reported to be breathing with a pulse, but still unconscious. The Coast Guard reached JACKPOT just before 7:30 a.m. and medevaced the man by helicopter, taking him to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. The man has not been named, and his current condition has not been released.
On August 14, the Coast Guard received a call from the crew of 54-foot purse seiner BEVERLY ANN based in Cordova, Alaska, that a 22 year old crewman had suffered a blow to the head from deck equipment about fifty miles southeast of Seward, Alaska. According to reports, the Coast Guard rescued the injured man from where he waited on a nearby beach and took him to Anchorage for emergency medical attention. His name has not been released.
65-foot, steel-hulled fishing tender FATE HUNTER, ran aground near Shoup Bay, four miles west of Valdez. None of the four-person crew were injured. The crew of Good Samaritan vessel, F/V AKEMI, took the FATE HUNTER crew aboard and safely to Valdez.
Reportedly FATE HUNTER had on board 150,000 pounds of fish, 1,500 gallons of diesel, 300 gallons of hydraulic oil, 100 gallons of lube oil when she grounded. Although no major structural damage was reported at that time, a light sheen was seen in the area.
Reports indicate FATE HUNTER has turned on her side and partially sunk, changing previous plans to refloat her into a salvage effort to remove fuel before removing her from the beach. Weather is calm, and containment booms surround the vessel.
An investigation into the grounding is underway.