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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.

August 16, 2014

LA PIETRA Catches Fire - All Safe

The Coast Guard Motor Life Boat crew and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew responded to an emergency call, and rescued the man and his wife after their vessel caught fire on the Fourth of July. The 70-foot pleasure boat was near Destruction Island, Washington, when the engine caught fire, prompting a VHF distress call.

The vessel, the LA PIETRA, was from Beverly Hills, California.

June 26, 2014

Columbia River Bar sinking

A 25-foot aluminum fishing guide boat with six men on board went down in near the Columbia River bar, June 20, around 9:20 a.m. Apparently the boat flipped in heavy waves. All six of the men on the boat were wearing life jackets, so the crew of ERESA D, were able to locate and retrieve five men. A sixth man, said to be Craig Robert Biggs of West Linn, Oregon, had become entangled in line or net, and could not be resuscitated when the Coast Guard located him.

May 23, 2014

M/V BADEN Sinks on Launch

During her maiden launch, 85-foot, $10 million M/V BADEN capsized onto her port side and sank. Shallow water prevented a full submersion.

After two years of construction, she was rolled out to the Fidalgo Bay Marina in Anacortes, Washington, christened, and as the launch ramp backed her into the bay, she slowly tipped onto her side in a few feet of water.

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May 23, 2014


The overturned hull of sailing yacht CHEEKI RAFIKI was discovered about 1,000 miles east of the U.S. northeast coast. The location matches the location of the last beacon transmission from CHEEKI RAFIKI. With 15-foot seas and winds of over 50 knots, the Good Samaritan ship M/V MAERSK KURE was not able to get close enough to confirm the hull as that of CHEEKI RAFIKI. The container ship remained in the area until Sunday night in hope of finding survivors.

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November 17, 2012

Two Rescued from Ocean

A pair of sailors were rescued two days after their stricken yacht rolled in the South Pacific in high seas.

A Hong Kong cargo ship rescued the man who was from the United Kingdom and a woman from New Zealand. Caught by a fast developing storm, they activated an emergency beacon after the boat flipped in 30 ft seas and strong winds.

Steve Jones, the rescued sailor said, "We both felt scared, seriously scared and the other person would say hey you know it's going to be OK we're going to get through this. We're going to be OK"

When asked if they would sail again, Jones said, " Farmer sounds very attractive at the moment."

October 27, 2012

PATRICIA KAY crew saves diver

24-year-old man who was diving for sea cucumbers experienced problems while under water near Alitak Bay, Oct 23, which is at the south end of Kodiak Island. He surfaced short of breath, losing consciousness at times, and with symptoms of possible cardiovascular problems. The crew of Kodiak-based, 48-foot PATRICIA KAY performed CPR and called for help, the man was airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter to medical care.

According to reports, the diver had run out of air and had to surface too quickly. His name has not been released. At last word, he was said to be in stable condition.