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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.

October 13, 2012

Fisherman Rescued

A Bellingham couple assisted in the rescue of a man adrift for 26 hours in a plastic fish bin in Alaskan waters last month.

Tele Aadsen and Joel Brady-Power saw 19-year-old Ryan Harris, who was afloat in open seas after his boat capsized northwest of Sitka, Alaska. The 28-foot aluminum boat with Harris and a crewmate had capsized Friday afternoon near the south end of Kruzof Island. They had no radio or cell phone, and friends reported them missing Friday night after they failed to return.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, a search vessel found Harris' crewmate alive on a beach. The crewmate had managed to don a survival suit after entering the water.

Harris didn't have a survival suit, but was wearing a float coat, a warm jacket with buoyancy. At one point, it is reported, he tipped into the water, but managed to right the plastic fish bin and stay afloat.

October 10, 2012

Vessels Collide, one killed

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Donald Hatch, an Edmonds resident, was killed when a 44-foot cabin cruiser collided with his small boat during a fishing outing off Seattle's Shilshole Bay.

The United States Coast Guard confirmed Hatch died after a 44-foot cabin cruiser, the SHELMAR, collided with his 16-foot aluminum skiff. Hatch's companion on the boat was, John Johnson, of Mountlake Terrace. Hatch and Johnson had taken Hatch's skiff about a mile off Shilshole on Friday.

At about 4:10 p.m., the cabin cruiser SHELMAR collided with the skiff. Hatch and Johnson were thrown into the water, according to Eric Cookson, Coast Guard command duty officer. The two occupants of the SHELMAR pulled the men from the water, Cookson said.

When Suquamish Tribal police arrived on the scene Hatch wasn't breathing and had no pulse, Cookson said. Police performed CPR, but couldn't revive Hatch.

Johnson was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, and later released. His injuries were not immediately known.

The SHELMAR is owned by Robert Wood, who was on the boat at the time of the collision, but it's unclear if he was operating it, Cookson said.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt wouldn't release any further information Saturday, saying the accident is under investigation.

The vessels have been impounded.

Source: Christine Willmsen, Seattle Times

September 20, 2012

Captain Med-Evaced

Around 10:30 p.m. on September 18, the Coast Guard received a call that the captain of the 40 foot S/V BETH had incurred back, rib, and arm injuries caused by the boom. This happened about thirteen miles west of Port Angeles, Washington.

The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and a response boat, which arrived at around 11:30. The USCG safely transferred the injured man to the response boat, which transported him to EMS support at Port Angeles and then treated at nearby Olympic Medical Center. In the meantime, BETH was towed into Port Angeles by the Coast Guard.

According to USCG registration documents, BETH is home-ported in Bellingham, WA. An investigation is underway.

September 18, 2012

Police Boats Sinks: Operator Error

NEW YORK -- The media reports that a NY/NJ Port Authority Harbor Police boat carrying 10 officers sank in the cold waters off of Breezy Point in New York on Sunday, September 9. Operator error is being sited as the cause.

According to reports, seven of the officers were already in the water training for their water-rescue certification when the 37-foot craft started sinking at 4:30 p.m. The rest were quickly forced to abandon ship. Those in the water swam some 300 feet to shore; the rest were picked up by an FDNY marine unit after transferring themselves and some gear to a life raft.

Moose Boats sent a letter to customers explaining what happened and providing a warning to other operators:

"The cause of the vessel's sinking was a result of the crew removing the Hamilton Jet impeller inspection hatch in an attempt to cut free a suspected line caught in the impeller. The impeller inspection hatch is below the water line by several inches is only intended for servicing access with the vessel out of the water.

"The crew were unable to replace the impeller inspection hatch cover due to the large volume of the water entering the engine compartment through the open impeller inspection port. The watertight Freeman deck hatch on the swim grid may have remained removed creating a full flood condition of the hull as the buoyancy diminished resulting in the vessel sinking."

The incident remains under investigation at this time.