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Fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning. All five fishermen were pulled from the water by the crew of the fishing vessel Sea Ballad. They were transferred to the Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and transported to Ilwaco, Wash., where they did not need medical attention.

The mayday calls from the Star King via channel 16 came in at 4:31 a.m. The fishing trawler’s captain first reported they were taking on water and listing hard to starboard before suddenly capsizing and sending all five crewmembers into the water. All five fishermen were accounted for by 5:10 a.m.

“The quick, selfless actions taken by the crew of the good Samaritan crab vessel Sea Ballad and the fact that the Star King’s crew put on survival suits saved five lives today,” said Chief Petty Officer Justin Urbano, command duty officer, Sector Columbia River. “These fishermen were out of the water before we arrived on scene.”

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Broken down and drift in 20 to 22-foot seas with 49-mph winds and 9 miles visibility, four crew were rescued from the disabled fishing vessel Lady Gudny in heavy seas 230 miles east-southeast of Kodiak, Friday. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the four people from the Lady Gudny and transported them to Air Station Kodiak in good health.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday the Lady Gudny became helpless 230 miles east of Kodiak after they exhausted their supply of fuel filters and were unable to run the engine.

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot seagoing buoytender home ported in Kodiak, arrived on scene Friday morning. The SPAR prepared to bring the Lady Gudny into tow when the towline separated, causing the SPAR to become disabled.

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An injured 60-year-old male crew-member was hoisted off the motor vessel Alexandria 15 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday morning. He is in stable condition after he reportedly lost sight in his left eye Tuesday.

An Automated Mutual-Vessel Rescue System notification message was received through Coast Guard Pacific Area command in Alameda, Calif., concerning the injured crewmember at 3:55 p.m., Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the captain of the 740-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, 610 miles off shore, made plans to meet for a medevac when the vessel got closer to shore.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River departed at about 7:30 a.m., Friday, arrived on scene with the ship at about 8 a.m. hoisted the injured crewmember safely and transferred him to the base in Warrenton where he was met by emergency medical services and transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.

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The Coast Guard suspended the search at 2:19 p.m., for Andrew W. Aldrich, a kayaker who was reported missing early Wednesday morning in North Bay in the vicinity of Case Inlet near Allyn.

The searched covered 16 square miles for more than 12 hours covering 170 miles in efforts to locate Aldrich, 31, who was last seen in a yellow kayak wearing dark green Carhardt gear but not wearing a life jacket.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office raised the alarm at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday. The Coast Guard began searching and continues to search with crews from Station Seattle, Air Station Port Angeles and the Cutter Adelie. Coast Guard crews located an empty yellow kayak with a paddle in North Bay at about 9 a.m.

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A Washington resident was assessed a $9,500 civil penalty for interfering with the safe operation of the Washington State Ferry (WSF) 144 car Olympic Class Tokitae as it prepared to dock at Clinton by shining a high-powered blue laser at the vessel on October 22, 2015.

Mark Raden of Freeland was aboard the WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at the Tokitae, striking the vessel’s master and chief mate in the eyes and endangering the 106 passengers on board.

Raden, who has a history of lasering incidents, also pled guilty to reckless endangerment in Island County Superior Court for his conduct and was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, perform 240 hours of community service, and pay $3,740.89 in restitution to the master and chief mate. He will also serve 24 months of probation.

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One lone person was rescued from a disabled and adrift 27-foot crabber in the shoals of Bellingham Bay at 3:05 p.m. The mariner was unable to give his position but was located and tracked using his cell phone signal. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat responded and safely removed the mariner from his vessel at 4:13 p.m. The mariner was reported to be in good condition and did not seek medical attention.

“The Coast Guard encourages mariners to carry a VHF-FM radio aboard their vessels,” said Don Knesebeck, a command duty officer at Coast Guard 13th District. “Tracking down a cell phone is an involved process. Calling 911 with a cell phone should not be ruled out in case of an emergency but using a radio for distress calls is the best possible way to get the help you need, faster.”

The weather was not good for a small boat with 4-6 foot waves and 25-knot winds.

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Six people were saved from a hard-aground pleasure craft near Cube Cove, approximately 65 miles northeast of Sitka, Alaska, Thursday afternoon. Seas were calm, wind light.

A Coast Guard Sitka helicopter crew medevaced one injured woman to medical attention in Juneau.

Five other mariners were picked up by good Samaritans, transferred to the Coast Guard Rescue Boat and transported to Juneau.

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KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman, reportedly suffering from seizure symptoms, from the fishing vessel Transit in Shelikof Strait near Kodiak Island Sunday morning.

The 37-year-old fisherman was hoisted and transported to Kodiak where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

“We received reports of a low pressure system approaching the area with the potential of bringing increased winds and seas over the next several hours,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Sheffield, Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The quick response of our aircrew to the scene made it possible for a safe hoist and transit back to Kodiak.”

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F/V Transit crewman was medevaced by Air Station Kodiak Coast Guard helicopter to Emergency Medical Services in Kodiak in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The nature of the incident and the condition of the crewman are currently unavailable. This blog will be updated when more information is available.

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An injured crew member was hoisted from the 75-foot F/V Leann more than 20 miles off Florence, Thursday.The 50 year old crewman was safely transported to medical personnel in Coos Bay.

The vessel master confirmed by phone that the crew member was unconscious after he fell and suffered a head injury. Weather conditions at the time were calm.

The master later reported that the crew member was awake but combative. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence, responded to act as a safety boat.