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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.

September 12, 2012

Two Rescued

On Saturday, Sept 8, the Coast Guard, local rescue agencies, and Good Samaritans searched for and rescued two men whose boat sank off Beaver Point, Alaska. The boat is said to be a 28-foot aluminum vessel called KAITLIN RAI. When waves capsized her, the men were able to climb onto the hull, which gave them time to take action before she sank.

Stonie Huffman was able to find a survival suit floating among the debris, and eventually to don it. With some effort, Ryan Hunter Harris was able to get into a fishing tote and kept afloat in that manner. The waves soon separated the men. Mac Huffman spent the night floating in his survival suit before landing on the beach at Point Amelia and attracting rescuers.

The two men had been reported overdue by friends late Friday night; multiple searches ensued as light and weather permitted. During a third search effort on Saturday Huffman was located on the beach by an Alaska State Trooper vessel and airlifted by the Coast Guard to Sitka for medical care. With information on the likely whereabouts of Ryan Harris, a fourth search effort followed. A Good Samaritan fishing vessel crew soon found Harris, who had been floating in the fish tote for over 24 hours by then, further north near Eagle Rock. The Coast Guard airlifted him for medical treatment in Sitka. Both men were reported in stable condition at the time of their rescues.

June 26, 2012

Inexperience, speed cause fatal boating accident

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation into one of two deadly March boating accidents in Tavares determined that inexperience and the boater's speed was what caused one boater to die, according to a newly released report.

Mark Van Winkle, 53, of Stuart died after being ejected from his boat and was struck by a passing vessel on March 17 during an exhibition on Lake Dora. The event was part of the Classic Raceboat Association's annual Spring Thunder Regatta. Van Winkle's boat hit the water and he was thrown from the vessel, the report said. He was struck seconds later and died instantly

June 1, 2012

Three Rescued From Fishing Vessel

The Coast Guard Tuesday morning rescued three crewmembers from an overturned fishing vessel near Winchester Bay, Ore.

According to the Coast Guard report, crews from North Bend, Oregon received a report at approximately 12 a.m. of a fishing vessel, the F/V Aries, that was overdue for its arrival and sent a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter along with a 47-foot motor lifeboat to investigate and locate the fishing vessel.

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May 23, 2012

Two Sailboat Crews Rescued

Two separate, successful rescues of sailing crews occurred during the past week, thanks to the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER). Originating after the TITANIC tragedy, AMVER has developed into a computer-based, voluntary-enrollment global reporting system managed by the U.S. Coast Guard and used by maritime rescue authorities worldwide to alert and divert nearby AMVER-enrolled ships to aid mariners in peril.

The first rescue was of the crew of S/V OUTER LIMITS, about 400 miles northeast of Bermuda, on the evening of May 18. OUTER LIMITS had been racing from the Bahamas to the Azores. A national rescue center in the Netherlands alerted the U.S. Coast Guard that the four crewmembers aboard OUTER LIMITS had reported they had struck a whale and were flooding. German-flagged container ship E.R.MELBOURNE was only 35 miles away and answered the call to rescue.

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May 21, 2012

Boats Collide; Four Revelers Dead

Two aluminum flat-bottomed boats collided on the Mississippi River near Burlington, Iowa, at around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. Both boats, at 18 and 20 feet long, were being used to transport revelers from where they were partying on a river sandbar back to shore. One boat was empty of passengers with one driver, and the other boat held a total of eleven people.

When the boats collided, the bow of the boat which was full of people was sheered away; all eleven people were thrown into the river. The operator of the other boat picked up seven of those people, none of whom incurred life-threatening injuries. Four people remained missing until Sunday, when they were found dead near the crash site. Those who died are listed as Jacob Boyd, 22; Matthew House, 21; Blake Eakins, 21; and Caitlyn Atchley, 20, all of Burlington, Iowa.

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May 1, 2012

Four Sailors Reported Dead

The 37-foot sailboat Aegean, was found destroyed Saturday morning, during the Newport Beach to Ensenada race. It is believed the boat must have collided with another much larger vessel.

The team aboard the boat comprised veteran sailors. The skipper of the boat, presumed dead, has not been found at this time. Three bodies have been found among the debris--Joseph Lester Stewart of Bradenton, FL, William Reed Johnson, Jr. of Torrance, and Kevin Rudolph of Manhattan Beach. A coast guard investigation is under way.

These deaths are the first in the race's 65 year history. The deaths are the second yachting disaster this spring. On April 14, five fatalities occurred in a racing accident off the coast of San Francisco.

April 18, 2012

Squalicum Marina Fire - Two dead

At around 5:30 a.m. on March 30, at the Squalicum Harbor marina in Bellingham, a number of 9-1-1 calls reported a fire. One of the calls was made by Sterling Taylor, who is one of the two missing people who are said to have lived aboard their 42-foot power boat, BREAKWIND, which sunk in the marina fire. The other missing person is her husband, Jim Langei. In her 9-1-1 call, Ms. Taylor apparently expressed that they were trapped on board. By the time firefighters reached the dock, their boat was enveloped in flame.
The cause of the two-alarm fire is, as yet, unknown. It's reported that ten boats were burned. The firefighters had no fireboat to aid them, as the City of Bellingham decommissioned their old fireboat last year. The corrugated metal marina roof in that area collapsed onto the burning boats while crews fought the fire.

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April 16, 2012

Three Rescued, One Deceased, Four Missing

On April 14, the eight member crew of 38-foot S/V LOW SPEED CHASE was participating in the Full Crew Farallones Race around the Farallon Islands, an island group located about 27 miles west of Golden Gate, CA. At around 3:00 that afternoon, the Coast Guard received an EPIRB signal registered to LOW SPEED CHASE, and a mayday call regarding the sailboat.

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March 26, 2012

Florida Boating Death

An 8-year-old was killed Friday at a family reunion in Putnam County. The boat she was in was driven under a dock while she was sitting in a seat in the front of the boat. Around 6 p.m., the driver attempted to maneuver onto a boat lift and missed, on a second approach the 23-foot bow rider was driven under the dock. Olivia Wade, of Springdale, PA, sitting in the front seat hit the dock. She was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.