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June 24, 2015

Coast Guard medevacs woman

KODIAK, Alaska -- The Coast Guard medevaced a 71-year-old woman from Anderson Island in Sheep Bay near Cordova, Alaska, Wednesday morning.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cordova, picked up the woman from a nearby beach and transported her to Providence Valdez Medical Center in Valdez, Alaska.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore relayed a medevac request to Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders for the woman experiencing difficulty breathing. A Sycamore small boat crew was launched with emergency medical personnel aboard to assess the woman's condition. After assessment, watchstanders briefed the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 6 mph winds, 2-foot seas and 10 miles visibility.

June 16, 2015

Coast Guard rescues 2

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, forward deployed to Cordova, rescued two men and two dogs after their boat became disabled in Little Susitna River, near Anchorage, Tuesday.

The aircrew hoisted the men and dogs and safely transported them to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a report from concerned friends after the men notified them via text that their vessel was disabled and they did not have any other means of communication. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders assumed command of the case and requested the launch of the Jayhawk aircrew to establish communication with the men.

The aircrew arrived on scene and, after assessing the situation, directed the men to paddle to shore and anchor their vessel.  

June 4, 2015

Medevac from DS PATRIOT

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman medevaced a crewmember from the DS Patriot, a 996-foot long container vessel, approximately 58 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor Wednesday night. 

Watchstanders from Marine Safety Unit Dutch Harbor received an email from the crew of the DS Patriot requesting the medevac of a 33-year-old man reportedly suffering symptoms of pneumonia.

The MH-65 helicopter crew hoisted the man and transported him to Dutch Harbor.  The man was then transferred to EMS personal and flown to Anchorage for further treatment.

"Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter crews often deploy aboard flight deck equipped cutters throughout Alaska," said Petty Officer 1st Class Amy Canny, a watchstander at 17th District Command Center. "They are valuable assets that help us respond to mariners in distress throughout the state."

The weather on scene was reported as 17 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

June 2, 2015

Good Samaritans rescue boaters in Alaska

Local mariners came to the aid of a vessel in Pigot Bay near Whittier Friday and two vessels near Valdez and Kodiak Monday.

The 38-foot vessel Molly B was disabled in Pigot Bay due to engine trouble Friday. The operator contacted Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders who issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast over VHF/FM radio, channel 16. The crew of the vessel Sea Sport responded and stayed on scene until the crew of another vessel, the High Velocity, arrived to assist in repairs and escort the Molly B safely into Whittier Harbor.

Monday evening, the crew of the vessel Noni B contacted the Sector Anchorage command center to report they were disabled and adrift approximately three miles north of Hinchinbrook Island. Sector Anchorage dispatched a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew from Station Valdez to respond, and the crew of the vessel Lena Claire responded to the MARB.  The crew of the Lena Claire took the Noni B in tow, anchored the vessel in Sung Cove and safely transferred the three passengers to Valdez.

Also Monday evening, the crew of the fishing vessel Mariner reported being disabled and adrift in Shelikof Strait near Kodiak. Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center lost communications with the Mariner and dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to locate the Mariner and regain communication. The crew of the fishing vessel Vaerdal responded and towed the Mariner safely into Kodiak City today.

"The Coast Guard appreciates members of the community for using their time and resources to aid fellow mariners in their time of need," said Coast Guard Cmdr. Shawn Decker, chief of response, Sector Anchorage. "These cases illustrate how invaluable good Samaritans are to the Coast Guard and boating community."

May 25, 2015


A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing mariner from Deep Bay, 25 miles north of Sitka, Sunday.

The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 68-year-old man from the Western Profit, a 62-foot charter vessel, and transferred him to Sitka Community Hospital.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report from the crewmembers of the Western Profit that the mariner was suffering from chest pains.

"During the summer months there is increased activity on the water, and our crews stand watch around the clock," said Cmdr. Patrick Hilbert, deputy commander, Sector Juneau. "We train for situations such as this in order to assist and transport mariners in distress."

Weather on scene was reported as 5 mph winds and 3-foot seas.

May 21, 2015

2 Rescued from ELLA BELLA

Coast Guard crews rescued two people after their vessel ran aground three miles east of Port Angeles, Wash., Thursday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles hoisted the two people and transferred them to awaiting EMS at the station with no reported injuries at 7:39 p.m.

The captain of the 32-foot recreational vessel Ella Bella contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle via VHF-FM channel 16 around 5:15 p.m., stating that his vessel had lost power and was dragging anchor.

The man requested help contacting a vessel assist company to tow his vessel to shore. Watchstanders attempted to connect him with an available company, but representatives faced difficulties establishing communication with the vessel captain.

The Dolphin aircrew and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles launched to assist around 5:42 p.m. The RB-M crew was unable to approach the vessel due to shallow water depth.

At 5:57 p.m., the captain of Ella Bella called Coast Guard watchstanders again, stating that he and his passenger were abandoning ship into their life raft. 

The two people on the life raft drifted toward shore. The Dolphin crew lowered their rescue swimmer to the beach and hoisted the two people into the helicopter. 

"Our crews performed exceptionally during this dynamic case," said Eric Cookson, command duty officer at Sector Puget Sound. "The shallow water depth and high winds made the rescue particularly challenging, but they were able to think on their feet and get the two people the help they required."

Ella Bella remains hard aground three miles east of Port Angeles. The owner is working with a vessel assist company to remove the vessel.

May 15, 2015

Coast Guard Collision causes Injuries

A Coast Guard helicopter crew transferred two men to Neah Bay after they were injured in an apparent collision between their disabled recreational boat and a responding Coast Guard vessel 30 miles west of La Push, Thursday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles safely transported them to emergency medical personnel in Neah Bay and a Washington State Fish and Wildlife boatcrew took the remaining five boaters aboard and towed the disabled recreational vessel to La Push.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call over VHF-FM channel 16 from the master of the Nauti Cat reporting their vessel was disabled due to a dead battery and requesting assistance for the seven-person crew aboard the vessel participating in a recreational halibut derby. The watchstanders dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River to respond.  While taking the vessel in tow it was reported that a collision occurred between the response boat and the Nauti Cat. 

Two of the passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries and the hull of the Nauti Cat was cracked above the waterline.

The Dolphin helicopter crew was diverted to provide medical transport for the two men to more advanced medical care.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as overcast skies, with 10 mph winds and 2 -foot seas. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

May 14, 2015

Fire in Columbia River - crew safe

Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire at the mouth of the Columbia River, Wednesday.
A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment arrived after the fire was extinguished by onboard suppressant systems and reportedly secured any source of potential pollution while towing the disabled, 34-foot vessel to Ilwaco, Washington.

Watchstanders at Station Cape Disappointment received a call for help on VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 11:57 a.m., from the fishermen aboard the Sea Nile, stating that they had a fire in their engine room and were adrift. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Cape Disappointment immediately responded and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria launched to assist as needed.

Arriving on scene, the MLB crew was able to work with the fishermen to minimize any further potential for fire or pollution. A tow was quickly established between the two boats and the vessel was safely taken to Ilwaco where it was met by Coast Guard vessel inspectors.

"The vessel's fire suppression system worked as intended and a potential life threatening situation was quickly under control," said Chief Petty Officer Matthew Degerolamo, an operations specialist at Sector Columbia River. "The vessel's onboard equipment, along with the quick thinking of the fishermen helped ensure they were safe and that help was coming once the incident occurred. Without their preparedness, a situation like this could have turned deadly."

Coast Guard pollution responders have determined that there is no current threat of pollution from the damaged vessel. Coast Guard vessel inspectors are performing an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The helicopter crew was released from the response and continued with scheduled operations.

May 14, 2015

Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters

Coast Guard crews rescued three boaters from a beach near Skamokawa, Washington, after they reportedly hit a navigational buoy with their boat and began taking on water on the Columbia River, Tuesday night.

A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment aboard a 29-foot Response Boat - Small II safely transported the boaters up river to Cathlamet.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a mayday call on VHF-FM radio channel 16 at about 11 p.m., from the boaters aboard the Midnight Rocket, stating their situation. The watchstanders diverted an inflight MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, and directed the launch of the Cape Disappointment boatcrews aboard the RBS-II and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat. 

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April 22, 2015

Coast Guard JayHawk Rescues 3

JUNEAU, Alaska Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued three mariners after a fire started on board their 82-foot vessel north of Kodiak Island Tuesday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the mariners from their life raft in Stevenson Entrance, approximately 60 miles north of Kodiak, and transported them safely to Kodiak.
"We couldn't fight the fire, it was too smoky" said Scott Beckstrom, captain of the Northern Pride. "So we made a distress call, put on our survival suits, manually launched the life raft and got in safely, turned on the EPIRB and waited for our heroes who came within a half hour."

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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.

December 29, 2014

Skiff Hits Rocks - Two Rescued, One Charged

A man and woman have been rescued after their 17-foot skiff ran aground near Kanga Bay, south of Sitka, Alaska, on Dec 27. Both being thrown overboard, the man injured his head and face, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. The boat drifted away stranding the couple.

Sitka emergency operators received a 911 call and dispatched a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka. A Sitka Fire Department boat also responded to the scene. The two people were hoisted to the helicopter and flown to Sitka for medical treatment.

Weather at the time of the rescue was clear with 11 mph winds and temperature of about 29 degrees.

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October 19, 2014

LADY A, Sunk

Coast Guard Port Angeles received a distress call from the owner of the 67ft recreational vessel LADY A, October 17, 2014. A response boat and helicopter were immediately dispatched to the sight, north of Dungeness Spit, Sequin WA.

The crew of TOKYO EXPRESS, a 664ft tanker transiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca, also sent a response boat to assist. The response boats arrived in time to safely transfer the man and woman from the stricken vessel to the Coast Guard response boat. They were taken to the Port Angeles Coast Guard station, neither were injured.

LADY A sank in 180 ft of water with 700 gallons of diesel in her tanks. Pollution responders from the Coast Guard's incident management division are working with the vessel owner and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged. It is not known at this time why the boat sank.

September 30, 2014

Marina drowning

On the evening of September 29, 2014, Robert Schrecengost, 59, was found dead in the water at Shilshole Marina. Reportedly, it appears he drowned with no signs of foul play. Seattle Fire Department tried to revive him on route to Harborview Hospital, but to no avail. Schrecengost was a recreational boater and commercial fisherman who lived at the marina on his 31-foot sailboat Del Ray.

August 31, 2014

Good Samaritan Rescues Eight

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a mayday call from a good Samaritan who found a capsized boat with 8 people, 7 adults and a child, in distress. The good Samaritan was able to pull up the 3 people in the water, while the rest clung to the side of his vessel

A 45-foot Coast Guard response vessel arrived and recovered the rest of the passengers, bringing all to Bainbridge Island, afterwards towing the capsized boat to Eagle Harbor.

Search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard's Puget Sound Sector, Mike Allen, credits the preparedness and response of the good Samaritan as being instrumental in the rescue. 'Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out further and the situation could have become much worse,' he was quoted as saying.