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December 16, 2014

F/V TRAILBLAZER Crewman Med-Evaced

A crew member's hand having been crushed in a crab pot launcher, crew-mates from the 120-foot fishing vessel TRAILBLAZER called the Alaska Coast Guard on Thursday, December 11, 2014 to report that immediate medical care was needed.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac, and a Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew flew to the vessel located approximately 75 miles north of Cold Bay. They med-evaced the 23-year old crewman to Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic in Cold Bay for further medical assistance.

Weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds, 10 miles visibility and 37 degrees temperature.

December 16, 2014

F/V TITAN Grounded in Columbia River near Ilwaco

Crew from the F/V TITAN called The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River At 2:16 am on Friday, December 5, 2014, to report they had grounded off the A-jetty on the north side of the Columbia River near Ilwaco, WA. The 78-foot vessel's engine room was flooding and dewatering efforts had failed.

The Coast Guard responded with a 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) crew from Cape Disappointment and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Astoria, Oregon. They transferred a dewatering pump to the TITAN crew, but the flooding could not be stopped. The five TITAN crew members then donned their survival suits, deployed the anchor to help secure the vessel, and stepped onto the MLB. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding and will monitor the clean up.

December 10, 2014

54 crew members missing.

54 crew members are missing from the capsized 326 ft South Korean trawler 501 ORYONG. Coast Guard Alaska Sector and five Good Samaritan vessels are assisting the Russian Kamchatka Border Guard Directorate (KBGD) in the search.

According to the KBGD, the crew was hauling in its catch of pollock when a wave hit and flooded the boat's cargo holds. The vessel sank off the coast of Chukotka, Russia on November 30, 2014.

The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector, the official said. Russian authorities said there were 62 people aboard the ship, which sank in the western part of the Bering Sea, near Russia.

The South Korean ministry official said it's believed that the ship, which was catching pollock, began to list after stormy weather caused seawater to flood its storage areas. The official said the 2,100-ton ship was 35 years old.

The South Korean foreign ministry said it asked Russian officials to work quickly to rescue the other crew members.

Authorities in the Russian port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky said the rescued fishermen were well and would be taken to South Korea once the weather improves.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings said the KBGD requested U.S. assistance with the search on December 1. They reported that a Good Samaritan vessel had rescued seven people in a life raft, one person was confirmed dead, and 54 were missing. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Hercules airplane crew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter MUNRO along with a Dolphin helicopter were sent to the scene Monday morning.

Weather on scene was reported as half-mile visibility with a 250-foot ceiling, 22-foot waves and water temperature at 57 degrees.

November 30, 2014

F/V BLAZER sunk

The 75ft fishing vessel BLAZER sank eight miles west of Siletz Bay, Oregon the early morning of November 29, 2014.

Coast Guard North Bend, Oregon received a MAYDAY call at 4:17 a.m. that the BLAZER was taking on water, and the crew were dumping crab pots. Ten minutes later crew reported they were donning survival suits and deploying the life raft.

Three survivors were rescued from the life raft and treated for minor injuries by the Newport Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter crew. The other two survivors were transferred from the life raft to a Coast Guard Depoe Bay 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB).

The BLAZER sank in 420 feet of water with reportedly 2,000 gallons of diesel aboard. With no reports of pollution, North Bend pollution responders are monitoring the situation and will respond if needed.

Weather on scene was reportedly winds at 30 to 35 mph with seas of 15 feet and rain. The cause of the loss is under investigation.

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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