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The Coast Guard medevaced a man from the 254ft fish processing vessel, Phoenix, approximately 50 miles north of Cold Bay Monday.

The initial medevac request from Phoenix came in at 10:41 a.m. Monday. The master reported that a crew member was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. A Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley hoisted the 62-year-old crewman from the 254-foot fish processor, Phoenix, at 3:10 p.m. in testing conditions with winds to 40 mph. and 10 foot seas. The patient was flown to Cold Bay and placed in the care of an air ambulance crew.

Any injury or sickness at sea can become serious if not treated responsibly and in accordance with the relevant laws. An experienced attorney and investigators can determine if the laws might have been broken and work to make sure the injured seaman gets the compensation he deserves

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The Coast Guard medevaced an injured crew man from the fish processing vessel, America’s Finest, approximately 92 miles northwest of Dutch Harbor Thursday.

A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the injured crew man from 262-foot fish processor America’s Finest at 12:52 p.m. and flew the patient to Dutch Harbor to the care of LifeMed personnel. Heavy freezing spray had made the rescue more difficult.

The medevac request from America’s Finest came at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The master reported a crew member had sustained serious injuries to his foot 20 miles west of St. George Island. Such injuries may be found to be caused by some fault covered by Jones Law that entitles the injured crew to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. A qualified attorney with skill and specific Jones Law experience can help recover appropriate monetary compensation in such cases.

Coast Guard launched its helicopter while America’s Finest made way toward Dutch Harbor. Also, a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Kodiak launched to join the rescue and provide support.

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The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen from their sinking vessel, Monday in Islet Passage, near Sitka, Alaska.

Watchstanders Juneau Command Center received request for assistance from the fishing vessel Glory at approximately 8 p.m. They directed the launch of a Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist the vessel in distress.

A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisted the two fishermen at approximately 9 p.m. from the 40-foot fishing vessel, Glory, approximately nine miles south of Sitka. The aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer to assess the vessel that was taking on water. The fishermen were unable to secure the source of the flooding and the rescue swimmer advised the fisherman to abandon ship.

A equipment or vessel failure can quickly turn into a life threatening situation. Expert investigation can determine probable fault and take action to get compensation for mariners who’s lives can be forever changed by such incidents.

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The Coast Guard medevaced a seriously injured crew member from the 169ft fishing vessel F/V Constellation near St. Paul, Alaska. The crewmember was injured when a hatch closed on him.

A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the crewman from the 169-foot fishing vessel Constellation at about 9:30 a.m., just outside St. Paul Harbor. The Coast Guard placed the man in the care of St. Paul Health Center staff, who later transferred him to a Guardian Flight aircraft crew that flew him to Anchorage for further care.

The Emergency call for the medevac came from Guardian’s master at 7:44 p.m. Sunday, reporting the crew member had sustained a serious injury to his arm after a hatch closed on it. On scene conditions at the time of the initial request included 44-mph wind gusts and 10-foot seas.

Even routine jobs are not necessarily safe in the best of conditions and a slip, fall, or heavy equipment can cause significant injury with loss of income and perhaps livelihood or life. An experienced attorney and expert associates can determine if there is fault involved and if the injured crewman is due compensation to cover living expenses until he is able to return to work, or compensation if he is never able to return to work.

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Injury at Sea is representing crew members from the sinking of the F/V Laura after the Coast Guard rescued the crewmen from a survival raft. Their fishing vessel the Laura had run aground was taking on water and they were forced to abandon ship.

Fatigue may have been a contributing factor. Applicable maritime law accepts, while a crew member may have caused or contributed to the accident, nonetheless the employer boat-owner may be held liable if fatigue/over work was part of the cause.

Injury at Sea is dedicated to ensuring justice for mariners, and our ongoing investigations continue with the intention of discovering the facts of the case and ensuring compensation for fishermen and all mariners where it is due.

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Coast Guard rescued five people from a life raft late Monday after the 67 foot fishing vessel Desire sank approximately 20 miles offshore from the mouth of the Umpqua River.

A sinking vessel is a much more dangerous circumstance than most workers face, and the law of the land provides protection and compensation for those suffering from such perils according to who found to be at fault. An experienced Maritime Law firm specializing in these matters can make sure the crew involved is properly taken care of.

About 9pm the captain aboard the 67-foot fishing vessel Desire, homeported in Neah Bay, Washington, called for help on VHF radio and reported the vessel was taking on water. He also reported they were preparing to abandon ship into a life raft. Desire’s EPRIB was activated and the vessel’s location and owner information was transmitted to Coast Guard.

Rescue helicopter from Newport and North Bend, and 47-foor Motor Lifeboat rescue boatcrews from the Siuslaw River and Umpqua River deployed. Once on scene at about 9:30 pm, the helicopter crews located the survivors in the life raft and rescue swimmers facilitated hoisting the survivors. While the helicopter crew rescued the survivors, the Coast Guard boat-crews remained on scene to assist.

“The fishing boat’s crew all had survival suits, properly deployed their survival raft, and shot two flares to assist us in locating them,” said Lt. Conor Regan, a helicopter pilot from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend. Additionally, Regan added that the EPIRB’s transmission allowed watchstanders to confirm details of the radio distress call and expedite the rescue.

Following the successful hoists of all five people from the life raft, the survivors were taken to Air Station North Bend where their care was transferred to awaiting emergency services personnel. In this case there may be no visible injuries but many mariners are not so lucky and need legal help to determine their rights and get compensation when it is due.

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The Coast Guard rescued four crewmen from a survival raft about 13 nautical miles west of Cape Ommaney, Alaska. Their fishing vessel the 53 ft Julia Breeze was taking on water and they were forced to abandon ship.

Situations like this could easily be injurious to health or prove fatal. In this case the crew appear to be unharmed, however, a full enquiry by experienced attorneys can determine if there is compensation due for the impact of the hazardous and distressing situation they faced abandoning ship in a remote location uncertain of rescue but very certain of the dangers they were facing.

The helicopter crew found them about an hour later and hoisted all four survivors and transported them to Air Station Sitka where they were met by local EMS. All four people were reported to be in stable condition.

The VHF channel 16 distress call from the crew of the 53-foot fishing vessel Julia Breeze at approximately 10:40 p.m. The crew reported they were taking on water and abandoning ship near Cape Ommaney. The rescue helicopter launched about five minutes later at approximately 10:45 p.m. and arrived on scene at approximately 11:40 p.m. They located a debris field in the water and all crew people wearing survival suits in a survival raft.

Nicholas Meyer, Sector Juneau command duty officer said, “Their EPIRB confirmed their distress location allowing our aircrew’s timely response, and the survival suits and raft greatly contributed to their safety.”

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer to hoist the crew-members from the sinking F/V Laura, and safely transported them to Air Station Kodiak.

The emergency call from the master of the fishing vessel Laura came in at 7 a.m., saying that the vessel had run aground and the crew was abandoning ship in the life rafts.

These crewmen were lucky to be rescued apparently unscathed. The cause of the trauma they were put through deserves a thorough knowledgable investigation. A competent experienced attorney can determine if they have a case for collecting compensation.

A C-130 Hercules and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter located the fishermen with the assistance of the good Samaritan fishing vessel Stillwater crew.

“We want to stress the importance of having proper survival gear on board in case of emergencies,” said Lt. Jacob Rettig, an Air Station Kodiak operations duty officer. “In this case, the crew had survival suits, flares, and strobe lights, which aided in locating and rescuing the crew safely and efficiently.”

The Coast Guard is scheduled to investigate the cause of the incident.

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The cargo ship Zim Kingston piled high with containers anchored about 5 miles offshore from Victoria, British Columbia, after losing 40 containers Friday in the gigantic storm east of Vancouver Island, caught fire Saturday and around 6 p.m. Canadian authorities have advised the crew to abandon ship.

The ship was imperiled when listing 35 degrees in heavy seas and losing 40 containers, some containing hazardous materials.

The Victoria-based lifeboat Cape Calvert and firefighting tugs were standing by near the stricken ship to assess the unfolding situation and monitor the safety of the crew.

The fire was caused by a combustible chemical powder spilling from containers that were damaged in the Friday night storm as the ship, arriving from South Korea, approached the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At that time, about 40 of the ship’s containers tumbled into the Pacific Ocean in rough seas.

A navigation warning has been sent to all ships in the area, instigating a 1-mile exclusion zone was in effect around the container ship in the vicinity of Constance Bank “due to danger of falling containers.”

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas. Two fallen containers are floating in the vicinity of the vessel,” the warning said.

A Canadian Coast Guard surveillance aircraft circled overhead Saturday afternoon, while smoke billowed from the ship and radio communications indicated a fire spreading out of the crew’s control.

The crew has been imperiled and is still at risk. Maritime Laws are in place to reduce the dangers of maritime employment. In this case significant investigations will be needed to get to the bottom of what went wrong and who is responsible. Then crew can be compensated justly for the dangers they have had to face.

This story is not over yet. We can only hope there will be no loss of life or further significant other losses incurred in the incident.

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The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards responded to the container vessel Zim Kingston that lost 40 containers during heavy weather Friday 40 miles from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Notification came from Prince Rupert Marine Communication and Traffic Services at 12:49 a.m. Friday that the vessel Zim Kingston reported losing approximately 40 containers overboard when the vessel heeled 35 degrees in heavy swells 38 miles west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The lost containers were initially reported to be general containers with no dangerous cargo.

That report was updated at 2pm reporting two containers had dangerous materials.

No injuries were reported to any crew members.

The Coast Guard conducted a flyover at 10 a.m. An Air Station Port Angeles crew was able to locate 35 of the containers, and deployed a self-locating datum marker buoy to monitor the movement of the containers.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian agencies continue to monitor the shipping containers.

Zim Kingston moored 5 miles from Victoria, British Columbia.

Then, at approximately 11:11 a.m. Saturday Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria reported to the Zim Kingston to have two containers on fire. Sector Puget Sound and RCC Victoria arranged an overflight to monitor the area. Coast Guard did an overflight to capture imagery.

Both the US Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard continue to broadcast warnings as the containers pose a significant risk to mariners.

The safety of the remaining crew on the ship, and the responders on the water, is the top priority as the response operations proceed. Unified Command is working through the Emergency Management British Columbia network through local communities to broadcast public safety information as required. Further updates will be provided once the response is underway.

This is a serious incident that is still unfolding. Crew are still in harms way as the situation develops and their wellbeing is at risk.

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