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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.

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

OCEAN PHOENIX MedEvac # 3

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.