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November 15, 2015

Duck hunter rescued

Local agency personnel rescued a stranded duck hunter from a sandbar in the Nisqually Flats, Saturday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted and transferred the man to Lacey Fire Rescue personnel.

Watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound received the initial call from the hunter's sister-in-law stating he was stuck around 7:26 p.m.

After local agencies were unable to reach the hunter from either water or land, using both shallow draft craft and rescue rafts, the Coast Guard aircrew was launched.

The hunter originally departed from the Nisqually South Puget Sound Wildlife Area boat launch. The retrieval of his boat will be the owner's responsibility.

November 11, 2015

3 kayakers rescued

Coast Guard crews rescued three capsized kayakers near Clatsop Spit at the Columbia River entrance, Tuesday afternoon.

All three kayakers were picked up and delivered to awaiting emergency medical services.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, rescued the female kayaker, safely transporting her to waiting EMS back at the station in Ilwaco. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, in Warrenton, rescued the two male kayakers, safely transporting them to waiting EMS at the air station.

The crews spotted the distressed kayakers about 1:55 p.m. while conducting Advanced Helicopter Rescue training together near the entrance to the Columbia River.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, also participated in the rescue efforts by spotting the female kayaker in the vicinity of buoy 10 and helping the boatcrew locate her.

Weather on scene was 8 to 10-foot seas, 10-mph winds, and an air and water temperature of 56 F.

October 29, 2015

Search for person in water - update

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 54-year-old man who went missing in Rich Passage near Bainbridge Island at 1:43 p.m., Tuesday.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles, two 45-foot Response Boat-Mediums from Station Seattle and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria, Ore., searched over 400 miles for a combined 28 hours.

"The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation," said Lt. Cmdr. Darkeim Brown, search and rescue mission controller at Sector Puget Sound. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man."

After a probable search area is saturated with maximum number of assets and crew effort, and the person is not located, the decision is made to suspend an active search, however the Coast Guard can resume an active search if credible information is received regarding the missing person's whereabouts.

Search is underway for a 54-year-old man in Rich Passage near Bainbridge Island, Monday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Seattle, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles and the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, are searching for a Bainbridge Island-man reportedly wearing blue jeans and a sweat shirt and not wearing a life jacket.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received the initial report from Bainbridge Island Police Department around 6:30 p.m. of a 15-foot unmanned adrift vessel.

The RBM boatcrew arrived on scene and discovered multiple indications the vessel was being used, including a fishing pole and an open tackle box. The wife confirmed to the Coast Guard that his truck and trailer were still at the Port Orchard Marina boat ramp.

If there is anyone with any possible information regarding the mariner's location, please contact the Coast Guard at (206)217-6001.

Weather on scene is overcast with 12 mph winds, an air temperature of 55 degrees and a water temperature of 55 degrees.

October 25, 2015

Overdue fisherman offshore - update

Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing fisherman after the fisherman contacted the Coast Guard and confirmed he was safe and headed back to Westport.

The Coast Guard has recalled assets involved in the search, which included the crews of Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Warrenton, Oregon, a Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircrew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft from the Royal Canadian 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Comox, British Columbia.

The fisherman received the Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel were transmitting over VHF-FM channel 16 and contacted them around 10:35 a.m. when he was 30 miles offshore of Westport.

Coast Guard personnel are looking for a fisherman after receiving a report he was overdue from a week-long fishing trip offshore the Washington coast, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard has diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, and has the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Warrenton, Ore., en route to conduct searches and call out for the vessel.

A Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircrew, from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, found a possible vessel matching the description  182 miles offshore of Tillamook Head, Ore.,  while making call outs and conducting radar searches, and the crew of the Alert is en route to confirm.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew out of Air Station Astoria, Ore., and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Sacramento, Cali., are schedule to launch at first light to aid in the search as well. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the report around 7:50 p.m. from Station Grays Harbor personnel after the fisherman's wife initially contacted the station.

The fisherman was last seen fishing for Albacore on his 59-foot vessel the Pacific Rim about 75 miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Wash., Oct. 15, 2015.

"If there is anyone that has additional information regarding the fisherman or the fishing vessel Pacific Rims whereabouts, please contact the Coast Guard at 503-861-6211," said Petty Officer 1st Class John Bennett, operations unit controller at Sector Columbia River. "We treat every report seriously as every minute counts in this environment."

October 22, 2015

41ft Vessel Aground, 2 crew safe

41-foot sailing vessel Ronan ran aground at the entrance to Willapa Bay near Tokeland, Wednesday.

The vessel reportedly experienced electrical issues and lost GPS and radar while sailing up the coast from Coos Bay, Ore.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a distress call around 6:07 a.m. from the owner of the sailing vessel Ronan after it had gone aground near the Willapa Bay entrance.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor launched in response.

The aircrew was unable to hoist due to the position and unpredictable motions of the vessel. A rescue swimmer was lowered onto the nearby beach, and safely escorted the two mariners from the vessel to the shore.

The weather on scene was reported as an air temperature of 47 degrees and water temperature of 57 degrees, with 10 mph winds.

October 20, 2015

Search for missing diver

Coast Guard, Kitsap County personnel and good Samaritans are searching for a missing diver near Port Gamble.

Missing is a 25-year-old male who was reportedly wearing a black wetsuit and rebreather.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were notified by Kitsap County 911 dispatch at about 5:40 p.m., that a 25-year-old male had failed to surface. They immediately directed the launch of a Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles, a boatcrew from Station Seattle and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, which was already underway in the area.

Kitsap County Sheriffs Office personnel and good Samaritans are also searching the area.

Weather conditions in the search area are reported to be 56-degree water temperature, 54-degree air temperature with calm seas.

October 1, 2015

Coast Guard saves one

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay pulled the man, who was reportedly unconscious, from the water and transferred him to emergency medical personnel waiting at the station, after a vessel capsized north of North Jetty off Tillamook Bay. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and an additional boatcrew from Station Tillamook continue to search for a second person.

The man was reportedly transferred from EMS to an emergency medical evacuation helicopter and taken to Tillamook Regional Hospital.

"In an environment where every second counts, our crews are continuing to search for the second possible missing person," said Chief Warrant Officer Kristen Auer, operation unit controller at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. "If anyone has any additional information or knowledge regarding the owner of a 15 to 18-foot beige fiberglass vessel that was expected to be operating in the area, please contact the Coast Guard at 503-861-6211."

Station Tillamook Bay personnel received the initial report of the capsized vessel from a bystander on the beach, notified Sector Columbia River watchstanders around 12:38 p.m. and launched a boatcrew in response. 

Sea conditions in the search area were reported as 4-foot swells, increasing to 8-foot swells, with a water temperature of 60 degrees, an air temperature of 55 degrees and a 500-yard visibility.

September 24, 2015

Stranded boater near Deadhorse, Alaska

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Forward Operating Location Deadhorse assisted a stranded boater at the entrance of the Colville River approximately 41 miles west of Deadhorse, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Jayhawk crew provided a radio and fuel to the stranded boater who safely transited to Nuiqsut.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a request for assistance from North Slope Borough search and rescue personnel after they were notified of a Nuiqsut resident who became stranded on the ice due to deteriorating weather while attempting to retrieve a disabled vessel. Watchstanders directed the launch of the Deadhorse Jayhawk aircrew.

The Jayhawk crew, along with a Nuiqsut SAR volunteer who assisted with local area knowledge, located the boater and transferred a radio to him to assist with communications.  Once the boater was able to free both vessels from the ice he reported the he did not have enough fuel to make it back to Nuiqsut.  The Jayhawk crew returned with fuel that was transferred to the boater.

FOL Deadhorse consists of two Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters with supporting air, ground and communications crews. Air Station Kodiak is more than 1,200 miles from Deadhorse.

Weather on scene was reported as overcast with 17 mph winds.

September 21, 2015

Stranded boater rescued

A stranded boater was rescued from Betton Island near Ketchikan, Alaska, Monday.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located the boater who was then transported by a Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat-Small to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a call from an employee of Knudson Cove Marina stating that a man had rented a 14-foot skiff Sunday morning and had not returned in the evening.  

Sector Juneau launched a Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 helicopter to conduct a search in the area the boater had planned to fish.

Monday morning Sector Juneau watchstanders received a 911 call from the boater stating his general area and indicated that he was suffering from symptoms of hypothermia.

Weather on scene was reported as 12 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

August 30, 2015

Good Samaritan rescue 5

A Coast Guard Station Valdez boatcrew transported a woman experiencing symptoms of hypothermia after the 27-foot boat she was aboard capsized in the Valdez Narrows, near Valdez, Friday.

A Good Samaritan rescued the woman and four other passengers from the water. The station's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew transferred the ailing woman from the Good Samaritan vessel to awaiting emergency personnel in Valdez.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center recieved a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 reporting a vessel had capsized and five people were in the water. A Good Samaritan over heard the call and picked up the five people and began transporting them to Valdez. The Good Samaritan notified Sector watchstanders of the 57-year-old woman's hypothermic symptoms. Watchstanders directed the launch of the station's RB-M.

The weather on scene was reported as 40-mph winds and 4-foot seas.

August 29, 2015

Boat taking on water is saved

The Coast Guard and several good Samaritan vessels assisted 13 people aboard a charter vessel taking on water 40 miles offshore of Ocean Park, Washington, Friday.

All 13 people, nine passengers and four crewmembers, remained aboard the 44-foot charter vessel Playboy Too and were escorted to Westport, Washington, by a Coast Guard boat crew.

One of the good Samaritan vessels, the Sea Angel, notified Coast Guard Sector Columbia River of the situation via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 9:42 a.m. A watchstander at the sector responded by directing the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Astoria, and boatcrews aboard 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, and Station Grays Harbor in Westport.

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August 16, 2015

Coast Guard rescues surfer in distress

A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a surfer who was reportedly drifting in and out of consciousness near Cape Kiwanda, Sunday afternoon.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, hoisted the 22-year-old man around 1:00 p.m. and transported him to the Pacific City Airport, where he was met by an emergency medical response helicopter and taken to a hospital in Portland for treatment.

Tillamook emergency responders contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton at 12:13 p.m., requesting assistance in rescuing a surfer in distress.  
The Jayhawk crew was in the area for training and diverted to assist. Sector watchstanders also launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay.

While the crews were en route to the scene, watchstanders were notified that good Samaritans were able to lift the surfer safely out of the water on to a rock formation and that Coast Guard assistance were no longer needed.

Local authorities arrived on scene and planned to remove the surfer from the rocks, but shortly after determined that a helicopter hoist would be the safest option based on the location and the man's condition.

Weather on scene was reported as up to 5-foot waves, 15-mph winds and a water temperature of 59 F. 

August 9, 2015

Coast Guard assists vessel sinking near Gold Beach, Ore.

The Coast Guard assisted three people on a sailing vessel taking on water 10 miles west of Gold Beach, Saturday.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Search-and-Rescue detachment Rogue River in Wedderburn, helped the three people dewater the 24-foot sailing vessel Kestrel and then helped safely tow them Brookings.

After watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a mayday call from the vessel over VHF-FM channel 16 at 5:39 p.m., the boatcrew was launched to assist, arriving on scene at 6:22 p.m.

Rescue boatcrew personnel utilized a P-6 dewatering pump to control the water flooding into the sailing vessel. The water was reportedly coming from the area around a broken propulsion shaft on the vessel. 

After controlling the flooding, the boatcrew began towing the vessel toward Brookings. At 9:19 p.m. the Rogue River boatcrew met up with another MLB crew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings, who finished the tow, safely mooring the vessel a little after 1 a.m. Sunday.

August 8, 2015

Coast Guard crews rescue man near Sequim, Wash.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 74-year-old man who had gone missing in the water off Sequim, Saturday.

The MH-65 helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, located and hoisted the man from the water, and safely transferred him to medical personnel at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a report from the man's wife around 12:20 p.m. that he had gone missing while kayaking with his grandson. A 45-foot Response Boat-medium crew out of Station Port Angeles and the aircrew launched to search the area.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as calm with a water temperature of 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

August 3, 2015

Recreational-Commercial Vessel collisions

The Coast Guard is investigating a possible collision between a commercial vessel and recreational vessels during the Red Bull Flugtag event on the Willamette River near Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Saturday.

An investigating officer from Marine Safety Unit Portland visited the motor vessel Portland Spirit and conducted interviews with crewmembers on Sunday.

MSU Portland revoked the marine event permit for the Red Bull Flugtag event Saturday afternoon, before the reported collision, for the safety of the waterway and the safety of all waterway users.  Spectators were obstructing the channel and restricted its use by waterway users.  The Red Bull event staff was unable to control event spectators and as a result could not prevent hazardous conditions as required by the event permit. 

Event organizers are required by the marine event permit to ensure no restriction is placed on the use of navigable waters by participants or spectators, and that the event shall not obstruct any channel or normal shipping lane, or interfere with any aid to navigation.

Coast Guard personnel on scene observed more than 500 recreational vessels, personal watercraft and paddlecraft. Event organizers listed the expected number of spectator craft at 100 vessels on their marine event permit application.

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Portland and three Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels were on scene to assist event organizers in maintaining a clear waterway and respond to any emergent issues involving spectator safety.  Throughout the day, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., broadcast a safety marine information broadcast instructing spectators to make way and clear the channel to allow commercial traffic to safely transit the area.

The Coast Guard is investigating any actions taken by parties on the water that may have been in violation of maritime law or federal navigation rules.