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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.

February 18, 2015


February 16, the Alaska Coast Guard noted a 406 EPIRB alert from the SAVANNAH RAY, an 81-foot Fish Tender. Coast Guard watch-standers instigated radio checks to determine if the vessel needed assistance and received an incomplete MAYDAY from the crew.

The vessel was aground in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak, Alaska, the four crewmen on board had donned their survival suits and deployed the life raft. A Jayhawk from Kodiak flew to the grounded tender, retrieved the four fishermen, and flew them to emergency medical services in Kodiak. The weather at the time of the rescue was reported as 51 mph winds with 11-foot seas.

February 15, 2015

Crewman fingers severed

285' Factory Trawler AMERICAN TRIUMPH called the Coast Guard on Feb 12, 2015 to report that a 36-year old man had two of his fingers severed by a steel door.

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cold Bay flew 92 miles north to the trawler, safely medevaced the man, and flew him back to Cold Bay for emergency medical services.

The factory trawler AMERICAN TRIUMPH (previously named ACONA) was built by the Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland, Oregon, in 1961.

January 29, 2015

Fisherman presumed dead

On Sunday, January 25, 2015 a small recreational fishing boat, caught between large ocean swells and crashing surf, capsized near Paradise Point in Port Orford, Oregon. The capsize dumped all three passengers into the water. Michael Fowler, 38, and Ariana Hall, 19, who was wearing a life vest, struggled through the surf to get to shore. The third passenger, Albert Self, 37, yelled for help in the ocean surf. All three are from Port Orford, Oregon.

Beachcombers Jim and Medette Hayman immediately called 911 at 1:45 pm and assisted Fowler and Hall to safety. Other beachcombers also ran to assist. Albert Self could not be reached before he disappeared in the waves. It is believed he was not wearing a life vest.

The Coast Guard responded along with members of the Coos County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement. Crews searched for Self for nine hours, covering more than 169 miles without finding him.

Deputies searched the beach on Monday morning using all-terrain vehicles with no sightings on Monday.

January 20, 2015

F/V EYAK Sinks

In a Monday Alaska State Trooper dispatch, troopers say the U.S. Coast Guard called them for assistance at about 5:45 a.m. after the 80-foot F/V Eyak ran aground, then began to take on water about 16 miles south of Sitka.

Rescuers picked up four people from a grounded 80-foot tender Monday morning, just before Alaska State Troopers say it sank near the Southeast Alaska town of Sitka.

None of the four people aboard the damaged vessel -- including the captain, 48-year-old Sitka resident David Castle, and Port Alexander crew members Debra Rose, 49, Charles Wlaslewski, 23, and Anna Zimmerman 29 -- were injured during the incident.

"An Alaska Wildlife Trooper vessel and a Sitka Mountain Rescue vessel with divers responded to the scene and recovered the captain and crew members from the sinking vessel at (7:55 a.m.)," troopers wrote. "The vessel flipped and sank shortly after and only a small portion remained above water."

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert said the two responding vessels were carrying a pump for the Eyak, with the vessel's crew splitting up during the sinking.

"The ship's master put two crew members in a life raft tied to the Eyak, while two remained on board to dewater," Eggert said.

According to Eggert, Castle reported that the Eyak still had about 500 gallons of fuel aboard when it went under. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation to ensure the vessel's salvage and recovery.

Troopers say a good Samaritan vessel was attempting to drag the Eyak to a better grounded location Monday morning.

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.