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July 28, 2015

6 saved from a boat fire

A Coast Guard cutter crew and local fire department personnel responded to a fire aboard a pleasure craft with six people aboard near Point Wilson, Monday afternoon.

The six boaters, four kids and two adults, were unharmed in the fire and subsequently transfer to fire personnel aboard Jefferson County Fire Boat Guardian.

At about 4:20 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a distress call from the master of the 32-foot pleasure craft Kloshi Bay stating there was a fire aboard their vessel. The watchstander issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox who was underway nearby.

The crew of the Sea Fox, an 87-foor patrol boat homeported in Bangor, removed the children from the Kloshi Bay and transferred them to the crew of fire boat while emergency responders extinguished the fire.

Once the fire was extinguished, company Vessel Assist was contacted to tow the Kloshi Bay into Port Townsend. The children were also transferred to Port Townsend via the crew of the Guardian.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 4 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

July 20, 2015

4 rescued from grounded vessel in San Juan Islands

SEATTLE -- A Coast Guard aircrew rescued four people after their vessel ran aground near Eagle Point, San Juan Island, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 1:20 p.m. from a good Samaritan vessel, reporting that a 23-foot recreational vessel had run hard aground.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham were launched to assist.

The aircrew arrived on scene around 2:13 p.m. and observed the vessel rocking heavily. All four people were able to make it out of the boat and onto the rocks, where they were hoisted by the aircrew. All four people were transferred to EMS waiting on a local road at 3 p.m. with no reported injuries.

Vessel Assist was unable to recover the vessel due to its location. Coast Guard officials are working with the owner to develop a salvage plan.

There have been no reports of pollution from the grounded vessel.

The incident is under investigation.

Weather on scene was reportedly 1 to 5 foot seas and 14-mph winds.

July 15, 2015

2 rescued from capsized vessel, Bellingham, Wash.

A Coast Guard boatcrew rescued two people after their sailing vessel capsized in Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham, Wednesday.

The sailors were taken to the Squalicum Marina in good condition and declined medical attention.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Bellingham received a phone call at 2:41p.m. from a local resident, reporting that a sailing vessel had capsized and two people were in the water.
Station Bellingham crews launched a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium to assist. The crew arrived on scene around 2:48 p.m. and found one person in the water and the other person holding on to the overturned 13-foot sailing vessel.

The sailboat became stuck in the mud after capsizing, and officials at the Bellingham Yacht Club, who own the vessel, are arranging to remove it.

The weather on scene was reportedly 1 to 3 foot seas, 10 to 20 mph winds, and an air and water temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

July 14, 2015

Medevac near Valdez, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, boatcrew and a Valdez Fire Department emergency medical technician medevaced a man from the Valdez Narrows near Valdez, Tuesday morning.

The station's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a local EMT transferred the mariner to the Port of Valdez where Valdez Fire Department personnel transferred him to Providence Valdez Medical Center for further care.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a report from the 45-foot fishing vessel Newfie Adventure that the crewmember was experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction. Watchstanders directed the launch of a station RB-M and contacted Valdez Fire Department for assistance.

"The Coast Guard trains regularly with our federal, state and local partners to respond to cases like this," said Chief Petty Officer David Bergman, a communication systems supervisor at Sector Anchorage. "Working together with the Valdez Fire department allowed us to get this man the care he needed."

Weather on scene was reported as calm winds and calm seas.

July 12, 2015

Coast Guard medevacs man near Sitka, Alaska

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 47-year-old man near Sitka, Alaska, Sunday.

The Air Station Sitka crew safely transported the man from a beach to Sitka Community Hospital.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a report from the crew of the Wilderness Adventurer, a 156-foot passenger vessel, that the man was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack while aboard the vessel. Watchstanders briefed the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac. The crew of the Wilderness Adventurer transferred the man, via small boat, to a nearby beach where the Jayhawk crew landed to assist.

Weather on scene was reported as 6-mph winds and 1-ft seas.

July 7, 2015

2 men and child, Rescued in St. James Bay, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Juneau boatcrew rescued two men and a child from their 17-foot boat after they encountered heavy weather in St. James Bay.

The boatcrew arrived on scene, took the men and child aboard and transported them to Amalga Harbor. 

Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from a concerned family member after the mariners left a voicemail reporting they were unable to return due to weather. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew who located the mariners and directed them to anchor their vessel before transferring them aboard. 
The mariners left Amalga Harbor for a day trip to St. James Bay, they were unable to return to the harbor due to 12-mph winds and 2-foot seas.

July 6, 2015

6 Rescued

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew located six people aboard a vessel and assisted in their rescue in Kuskokwim Bay Sunday.

The Hercules crew relayed the vessel's position to an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and good Samaritan vessels, who provided assistance.

The crew of the 22-foot aluminum boat reported that they ran out of fuel while travelling from Eek to Quinhagak, and relayed a distress call via cell phone before losing communication completely.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders were contacted by the Alaska State Troopers, and immediately directed the launch of the Hercules and an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to join in the search.

Arriving in the vicinity of the disabled vessel, the Hercules crew spotted the vessel adrift in Kuskokwim Bay and vectored in the Jayhawk crew to check the status of the boat's crew. Shortly thereafter three good Samaritan vessels arrived to provide fuel and escort them to the nearest village.

The vessel was not outfitted with a VHF radio, but everyone aboard did have lifejackets.

June 29, 2015

Medevacs in Gulf of Alaska

Coast Guard aircrews from Kodiak and Sitka, Alaska, conducted two separate medevacs in the Gulf of Alaska Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured Marine from Old Harbor on Kodiak Island and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted an ailing fisherman from a fishing vessel in Gilmer Bay near Sitka.

In the first medevac, Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve detachment of a Marine who injured his back while working on a runway improvement project in Old Harbor. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew picked up the Marine and transported him to Air Station Kodiak where he was met by awaiting emergency medical personnel.

In the second medevac, Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report of a man suffering from stroke-like symptoms aboard the 35-foot fishing vessel Ocean Storm in Gilmer Bay. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoisted the fisherman and transported him to Air Station Sitka where he was met by awaiting emergency medical personnel.

"Due to the nature of calls for assistance and the remote locations a number of these cases occur, the safest and most effective way to transport people is by Coast Guard helicopter," said Chief Petty Officer Robert Luna, a Coast Guard 17th District watchstander. "Our continuous training prepares us to safely and effectively transport those in need out of the harsh Alaskan environment, whether at sea or on land."

The weather on scene in Old Harbor was reported as light wind and rain with 10 miles of visibility, and the weather on scene in Gilmer Bay was reported as calm winds with 10 miles of visibility.

June 28, 2015

Disabled vessel near Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Station Juneau and Air Station Sitka crews assisted three boaters in Favorite Channel near Juneau, Alaska, Sunday.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Dolphin helicopter crew located the vessel and a Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Small crew towed the disabled vessel and boaters to Amalga Harbor.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from a boater on the vessel Amelia II that their boat was disabled while transiting from Amalga Harbor to St. James. The boaters were unable to anchor due to water depth. Watchstanders diverted the Jayhawk helicopter crew and directed the launch of the Station Juneau boatcrew to the area.

"Both adults and the child were all wearing their life jackets," said Petty Officer 1st Class Geno Kludt, a Sector Juneau command center watchstander. "We cannot overstate the importance of having proper safety equipment, especially life jackets, while boating in Alaska."

The weather on scene was reported as light winds and calm seas.

June 25, 2015

3 boaters stranded near Juneau, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Juneau boatcrew assisted three boaters stranded on Bird Island near Juneau, Alaska, Friday.

The Station Juneau boatcrew recovered all three men and raft from Bird Island and transported them to Amalaga Harbor.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received notification from the men that they were stranded on the island due to weather and had limited survival gear. The Station Juneau boatcrew was directed to launch and transport the boaters.

"The Coast Guard would like to remind individuals to take emergency equipment while enjoying Alaska's outdoors," said Mr. Scott Giard, a Sector Juneau watchstander. "Emergency equipment should include communication devices, signaling devices, extra food and water, extra dry clothes and a personal locator beacon. It is also important to tell family, friends or the harbormaster your trip plans including departure and arrival times."
Weather on scene was reported as 2-foot seas and light wind coming out of the south.

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.

MOLLY B:
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.

NONI B:
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.

MARINER:
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

Medevac from WESTERN PROPHET

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.