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U.S. Coast Guard has convened a Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of F/V Destination and its six crewmembers. A Marine Board of Investigation is the highest level of investigation in the Coast Guard.

Upon completion of the investigation, the Board will issue a report to the commandant with the evidence collected, the facts established and its conclusions and

recommendations.

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The Coast Guard set in motion a detention of the Panama-flagged bulk carriers Atlantic Ruby and Amber L, Feb. 23, 2017, after discovering substandard safety issues while conducting routine Port State Control exams onboard the vessels along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

The Atlantic Ruby, a 590-foot bulk carrier was boarded in Portland on Feb. 23, after Port State Control Officers detected the SOLAS deficiencies. Coast Guard inspectors found the fixed fire extinguishing system was improperly serviced, with the time delays left disconnected. The time delay ensures personnel inside a room are able to escape before the fixed fire extinguishing agent is released.

A separate Port State Control exam conducted in Kalama onboard the Amber L, a 609-foot bulk carrier, identified several safety discrepancies. Inspectors found cooling water leaking from the main engine and multiple issues with the vessel’s steering system.

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Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Alaska Commercial Divers continue their response to the tug boat Samson Mariner that ran aground and spilled fuel while towing a barge in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska, Wednesday evening.

Approximately 1,100 gallons of diesel spilled from the tug prior to being patched by Alaska Commercial Divers Wednesday night.

The Samson Mariner has been refloated and is anchored in Ward Cove alongside the barge it was towing. A sheen has been reported in the area and SEAPRO has been tasked with fuel containment and recovery using boom and absorbent pads.

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The tug boat Samson Mariner that ran aground while towing a barge in the vicinity of north Tongass Narrows in Rosa Reef, Alaska, Wednesday evening

Coast Guard received notification via VHF-FM radio from the captain aboard the Samson Mariner that his vessel ran aground and had a minor breach in the hull.

Station Ketchikan and pollution responders were immediately launched, arrived on scene, placed boom around the tug and verified that crew of the Samson Mariner plugged the breached hull. The Samson Mariner has 30,000 gallons of fuel on board and the barge has 40,000 gallons of diesel on board.

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Coast Guard suspends search for crew of the fishing vessel Destination lost near St. George, Alaska.

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the crew of the fishing vessel Destination northwest of St. George, Alaska, Monday afternoon.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard 17th District received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from F/V Destination early Saturday morning and deployed the Kodiak aircrews to commence the search.

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The Coast Guard suspended the search for two men reported overdue from a boating trip near Ketchikan Monday.

Multiple crews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, the Coast Guard Cutter Maple and Coast Guard Station Ketchikan searched approximately 800 miles for 42 hours to locate the two men.

Alaska State Troopers activated Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to assist the Coast Guard crews with searches along the shorelines of Blank Inlet and Annette Bay. Members of the Metlakatla Indian Community also searched using their emergency boat as well as ground crews around Cowboys Camp.

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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued three crew members from the fishing vessel Predator after it ran hard aground in 25 mile per hour winds and 10-foot seas, and was taking on water through a hull gash close to Akutan Harbor, Alaska, Monday morning.

The helicopter crew hoisted three crew members and safely transported them to Akutan.

Reportedly the Predator ran hard aground resulting in an eight-inch crack in the hull. F/V Predator began taking on water and the crew was unable to keep back the flood of water. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted to the scene.

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U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews continue the search for the crew of F/V Destination Sunday, after searching through the night northwest of St. George, Alaska.

Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau arrived on scene at 10 a.m. to assist with an Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew currently deployed on the cutter.

Citizens of St. George are patrolling the shoreline for any signs of the crew or vessel.

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Two men are reported overdue from a boating trip near Ketchikan Sunday in weather reported to be 17 to 23-mph winds and 4-foot seas.

Coast Guard Jayhawk and 45-foot Response Boat crews are conducting search patterns on the southern end of Gravina Island. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk crew located a 16-foot skiff belonging to the missing men capsized north of the intended route in Blank Inlet on Gravina Island at approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The crew of the good Samaritan fishing vessel Storm Rage righted the skiff and is towing it back to Ketchikan.

Alaska State Troopers have activated the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to assist with shoreline searches. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple is expected to arrive on scene Monday morning.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews continued to search for the crew of F/V Destination through the night northwest of St. George, Alaska.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, is en route from Dutch Harbor to assist with the search. An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew currently deployed on the cutter will also be deployed to assist.