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December 24, 2015

Coast Guard hoists two from stranded vessel near Everett, Wash.

Coast Guard personnel rescued two fishermen from a 28-foot recreational vessel when it became stranded with a disabled engine and grounded due to shoal water near Everett Wednesday night. 

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles hoisted the men and transported them safely to Paine Field in Snohomish County. 

Dispatchers from 911 transferred a call for help to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 1:25 p.m. Sector watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast and contacted other local agencies to tow the vessel, but none were able to respond due to shallow water. The aircrew launched in response and arrived on scene at 8:10 p.m. 

No injuries were reported, but responders were concerned about the risk of hypothermia due to cold weather. The men reportedly had no cold weather survival gear on board aside from one blanket, which was already wet from rain.

The men reportedly made the call for help using a cell phone. Smartphone users can download the Coast Guard Boating Safety Mobile App for free access to safety information and even request assistance in emergency situations. For more information, visit http://www.uscg.mil/mobile/. 

The weather at the time of the hoist was reported to be raining with an air temperature of 38 degrees and 16 mph winds.

December 11, 2015

Dangerous Weather Aleutians and Bering Sea

JUNEAU, Alaska -- The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution with the onset of heavy weather expected to affect the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, this weekend.

The Coast Guard has notified the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, patrolling in the Bering Sea with an embarked Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, to standby to assist mariners.

Capt. Diane Durham, chief of response, 17th District, said,. "We are encouraging all mariners to monitor National Weather Service reports and take appropriate safety precautions, such as pulling into a safe harbor or taking shelter in the lee of an island, in order to safeguard their crews."

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service forecasted that the storm will include hurricane force winds, 45-foot seas and possible coastal flooding in Western Alaska.

Please visit the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Website at www.arh.noaa.gov for the most up to date information on the storm.

In order to learn more about preparing for emergency situations please visit the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Website at www.ak-prepared.com.

December 11, 2015

Oregon Washington Maritime Entrances Closed by Storm

The Coast Guard has closed all maritime entrances in the Pacific Northwest, Friday, due to severe  sea conditions and large amounts of debris in the water.

In Oregon, the ports of Chetco River in Brookings; Coos Bay; Umpqua River in Winchester Bay; Siuslaw River in Florence; Yaquina Bay in Newport; Depoe Bay; Tillamook Bay in Girabaldi; and the Columbia River are closed to all traffic. 

In Washington the port of Grays Harbor in Westport; and Quillayute River in LaPush are closed.

Several storms carrying strong winds and heavy rainfall crossed the Pacific Northwest over the last week and have caused flooding and landslides in parts of Oregon and Washington.

Flood waters and landslides have caused large amounts of debris to flow in the river systems causing potential problems with maritime traffic.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and mariners operating in the inland rivers to be aware of potential floating debris and debris below the surface and report any major issues with navigational channels to the Coast Guard.

Capt. Dan Travers, commander Sector Columbia River and Captain of the Port for all ports in Oregon and Southwest Washington said, "The storms that we all experienced over the last several days have made it dangerous for mariners to transit in and out of our many rivers due to severe sea conditions and debris."

For updated river entrance observations and conditions visit the NOAA Western U.S. Bar Observation site.

December 8, 2015

38ft Vessel in Trouble Oregon Coast

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Oregon, responded to a request for assistance from a 67-year-old man on a 38-foot sailing vessel off the Oregon coast in reported 22-foot seas with wind gusts of up to 57 mph Monday.

Crews of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport, Oregon, a 52-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, and the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Seagoing-Buoy Tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, launched to assist the sailor through heavy weather. 

The aircrew located the man 17 miles off the coast of Cape Perpetua, Oregon. When the helicopter crew arrived on scene, the man jumped overboard and was hoisted to safety by a rescue swimmer at approximately 10:50 a.m. The other crews stood down while the aircrew transported the man back to the air facility, where he was evaluated by emergency medical services and reported to be in good condition.

The sailing vessel remains adrift, unmanned and unlit, so the Coast Guard cautions mariners who might be transiting the area to proceed carefully. 

Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.

December 8, 2015

32ft Vessel Towed to Safety

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, assisted the Canadian coast guard with the search and rescue of two people on board a disabled 32-foot sailing vessel near the San Juan Islands around midnight Sunday. 

The aircrew was first on scene and remained nearby while two Canadian coast guard boat crews towed the vessel through reported winds of up to 52 mph and 15-foot swells. Crews safely moored the sailing vessel at Friday Harbor, Washington, at 12:31 a.m. 

Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.

December 8, 2015

Two Rescued from Marsh Island

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria rescued two stranded on the Columbia River in Oregon, Sunday night near Marsh Island.

They were in a 14-foot skiff, in weather reported to be rainy with less than 4 miles of visibility and 35 mph winds, when they became disoriented and could not find their way back to Aldrich Point.

The helicopter crew hoisted the stranded men from a small island in Prairie Channel and transported them to the air station with no reported injuries. 

Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.

November 18, 2015

Update: Searching for overdue boater - ended

A four day search was ended after Alaska State Troopers and Wrangell Search and Rescue located the body of the missing boater near Wrangell, Alaska, Wednesday. 

The man was located deceased in the vicinity of Earl West Cove south of Madan Bay.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Sitka and Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews, along with partner agencies, searched for the boater since Sunday.  

Despite significant winter weather conditions, a total of seven assets conducted 83 hours of searches and covered 3,040 square nautical miles since the report was initially received on Sunday.

November 16, 2015

Search and Rescue for overdue boater

Wrangell Search and Rescue, Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers  are searching for a man boating aboard the white, 38-foot bayliner Thalassa in the vicinity of Wrangell Monday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka, ASTs and Wrangell SAR are conducting a search for Kenneth Trammel, 53, of Wrangell, near Berg Bay, Blake Channel and Deer Island. 

Trammel was reported overdue by family to the Alaska State Troopers who contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders for assistance.  The crew of the Anacapa and the helicopter crew were dispatched after an aerial by search Wrangell SAR was unsuccessful.

"The Coast Guard and its partners are up against some extreme weather, but we train year-round to locate and assist missing mariners," said Cmdr. Marc Burd , Sector Juneau search and rescue mission coordinator. "We also appreciate the assistance of any good Samaritans who can aid in the search or provide any information that might narrow down the search area."

Anyone with information that may assist with the search is encouraged to call the Sector Juneau command center at 907-463-2980.

A winter storm advisory is in effect for the search area.  Weather on scene is reported to consist of gale force winds, low visibility and snow.

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.

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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

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.


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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.