A Coast Guard aircrew and two boatcrews are searching for three fishermen near the entrance to Coos Bay after finding the 38-foot fishing vessel Pacific Miner, capsized Tuesday evening on the jetty tips.

The capsized fishing vessel Pacific Miner, reportedly had three men aboard when it capsized.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew, flying on a routine training flight, spotted the capsized fishing vessel and reported it to the Sector North Bend Command Center. Shortly after receiving the report the Coast Guard received an EPIRB transmission automatically activated when it was submerged in water. The EPIRB was registered to the fishing vessel Pacific Miner.

The Pacific Miner reportedly has approximately 300 crab on board.

The Coos Bay bar reported conditions 8 to 12-foot breaking waves with low winds and four miles visibility.

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The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for an overdue kayaker near Sitka, Alaska.

Missing is 36-year-old Kale Pastel who was reported missing at 10:13 a.m. Sunday, after failing to arrive from an early morning kayaking trip from Sitka to Birdsnest Bay.

The search spanned more than 45 hours, 111 square miles, and included the following assets:

Helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka
26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation boat crews from Aids to Navigation Team Sitka
Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco crew
Sitka Mountain Rescue boat crews
U.S. Forest Service boat crews

At 1:15 p.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka spotted the kayak on Cannon Island. Earlier that morning, a good Samaritan located the kayak overturned and adrift in the Eastern Channel before towing it to Cannon Island.

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A 26-foot Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Boat capsized Saturday with four crew members aboard near Pier 39 in Astoria.

Four Coast Guardsmen were aboard the vessel conducting routine operations when the capsizing occurred, caused by a series of heavy wakes that came over the bow, which capsized the vessel.

At 11:39 a.m., four Personal Locator Beacon alerts registered to Coast Guard in Astoria., which correlated with multiple good Samaritans’ reports of visual distress signals in the vicinity of Pier 39 in Astoria, Oregon.

At approximately 11:50 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Columbia River issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and directed a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk crew and a Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to respond.

Hearing the broadcast, at 12:09 p.m., crew members aboard the Columbia Bar Pilot vessel Connor Foss contacted the Coast Guard reporting they had recovered the four Coast Guardsmen from the water.

Clatsop County Sheriff Marine Unit towed the capsized vessel to the 17th Street pier.

All persons involved are reported to be in healthy condition after being evaluated at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Vessels are responsible for the damage caused by their wake. In this case a risky capsize that could have resulted in injury or death. The Coast Guard has initiated the mishap board review process.

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Coast Guard suspended the search for five missing fishermen in the waters near Sutwik Island, Alaska.

The search spanned over 20 hours, 1,400 square miles and included: 4 helicopter crews, 2 Hercules airplane crews, and Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717)

“The decision to suspend an active search and rescue case is never easy, and it’s only made after careful consideration of a myriad of factors,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Bell, 17th District Commander. “Our deepest condolences to the friends and families impacted by this tragedy.”

Watchstanders at the 17th District Command Center in Juneau were notified of a mayday call via High Frequency radio on Tuesday evening from the fishing vessel Scandies Rose, which capsized and sank approximately five miles southeast of Sutwik Island.

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on-scene and rescued two survivors from a life raft. The survivors were taken to the hospital in Kodiak, where they are reported to be in stable condition.

After careful consideration of survival probability, the Coast Guard suspends an active search pending new information or developments.

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Coast Guard crews are searching for five people in the water Wednesday after the Scandies Rose, a 130-foot crabber, sank near Sutwik Island, Alaska.

Scandies Rose, a 130-foot crab fishing vessel homeported in Dutch Harbor, sank at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday with seven crew members aboard. Two survivors were rescued, five crew members are still missing. The vessel’s last known position was 170 miles southwest of Air Station Kodiak.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews have launched. The helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted two survivors from a life raft. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) was diverted from the Bering Sea and is expected to arrive on scene Wednesday evening.

The mayday call from Scandies Rose came in at approximately 10:00 p.m. Tuesday and was immediately relayed to the command center for search and rescue coordination.

“We are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square mile area to locate the five missing persons from the Scandies Rose,” said Lt. Wade Arnold, command duty officer at 17th District command center.

Weather on scene is in excess of 40 mph winds, 15 to 20 foot seas and one mile visibility.

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The 40-foot Darean Rose capsized and sank shortly after leaving the fuel pier at the Charleston Marina, North Bend, with four people aboard who reported sustaining minor injuries.

Reportedly the vessel had run aground and capsized after departing the fuel dock pier.

A Coast Guard Boat-Small crew responded to the scene and rescued the four individuals from the vessel.

The survivors were transferred back to the pier and treated by emergency medical service technicians.

The vessel has an estimated maximum potential of 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

Coast Guard personnel from the Sector Columbia River Emergency Management Division have responded to the potential for environmental pollution by deploying hard boom and absorbent pads.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Coast Guard evacuated a 19 year old fisherman suffering from a significant knife wound from the Canadian-flagged commercial fishing vessel Ocean Pearl operating 50 miles west off Neah Bay, WA, Saturday afternoon.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Port Angeles safely hoisted the 19-year-old crewman and transferred him to emergency medical services at the Coast Guard base for transport to Olympic Medical Center for further care. The fisherman reportedly suffered a knife wound in the leg, which needed more extensive medical care than the Ocean Pearl boatcrew could provide.

The medevac request came from the captain of the 110-foot fishing vessel Ocean Pearl at about 1 p.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at 2:14 p.m. conducted the hoist and transferred patient care to EMS at 3:23 p.m

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A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 16-year-old Sitka Wilderness Therapy student experiencing chest pains on Duffield Peninsula, approximately 30 miles north of Sitka, Alaska, Sunday evening. The aircrew safely hoisted the patient from a narrow tidal flat to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Sitka for further care.

An early evening call from the Sitka Wilderness Therapy team leader indicated that a student was experiencing chest pains throughout the afternoon while on a hike near Duffield Peninsula. The aircrew was dispatched to the area of Peril Strait and was able to land on a rocky area between the shoreline and treeline. They used a light and a signal flare and communicated with the helicopter directly with a portable VHF radio thus eliminating searching and made entry into the unprepared landing zone very quick and uneventful. The patient was transferred in good condition to Sitka EMS for further care.

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The search is on for a fishing boat crewman from F/V Pail Rider, home ported from Dillingham, in the water in Nushagak Bay, in the early morning hours of Monday. Coast Guard reported up to 10 good Samaritan vessels are assisting.

Coast Guard and others are searching for a male crew member from the commercial fishing vessel Pail Rider who went overboard at approximately 3 a.m.

The crewman was not wearing a life jacket, but was wearing orange pants and bib. The crew aboard the Pail Rider fired flares and other vessels arrived on scene to assist with the search. Approximately 10 good Samaritan fishing vessels are on scene assisting with the search.

Ray Dwyer, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer for the case said “Going overboard without a life jacket greatly reduces the likelihood of survival, especially in cold water. But with the help of all the good Samaritan crews out there, we’re doing everything we can.”

Conditions in Nushagak Bay at the time the man entered the water included a water temperature of 52 degrees and an air temperature of 54 degrees.

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A 56-year-old crewman was safely medevaced from the fishing vessel Caiti Jo near Uganik Bay, Alaska, Saturday.

A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisted the crewman from the fishing vessel Caiti Jo and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak in the early evening hours.

The alarm was raised and Coast Guard notified that a crewman aboard the vessel was experiencing stoke-related symptoms. A Coast Guard Jayhawk aircrew launched from Air Station Kodiak to perform the rescue.

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