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Powhatan, an 81-foot tug owned by the Samson Tug and Barge Company sank at the pier on Wednesday night in Sitka. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are responding.

Samson Tug and Barge Company has contracted Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization for oil recovery, Hanson Maritime to dive and survey the tug, and are developing a salvage plan.

The sunken tug, Powhatan, is an 81-foot vessel owned by Samson Tug and Barge Company that had been out of service for over ten years. The tug’s total fuel capacity is 20,000 gallons. Samson Tug and Barge Company reported only the forward fuel tank had been in use recently with a maximum capacity of 2,500 gallons and the other fuel tanks had previously been drained. The vessel sank at the pier on Wednesday evening and subsequently slid under the pier approximately 200 yards along an underwater ledge. Some residual diesel fuel and oil is leaking from the sunken vessel. SEAPRO has placed boom around the vessel to contain the leak.

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Three mariners aboard a 46-foot recreational vessel narrowly missed a 45ft Coast Guard vessel then ran aground near Boulder Island, Wash., Saturday. The three climbed onto the rocks and a Coast Guard helicopter aircrew safely hoisted and transported them to Paine Field in Everett.

The Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, was underway in the area. The crews reported that the recreational vessel nearly ran into the RB-M prior to running aground and taking on water.

Both the helicopter and the RB-M crews were searching the area because of a derelict kayak found on the south end of Lopez Island.

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Washington Department of Ecology is responding to a pollution threat caused by a boat fire that damaged two boats moored at the Shilshole Bay Marina early Saturday morning.

Pollution responders from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound and Ecology will oversee the cleanup and removal of the pollution threat in the marina after one boat sank with an estimated 150 gallons of fuel onboard.

The boat fire was notified at about 12:09 a.m., by the Seattle Fire Department. Firefighters aboard the fireboat Leschi extinguished the fire and placed containment boom around the sunken boat.

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The Coast Guard evacuated an injured crew-member from the cargo vessel Daio Papyrus 10 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore., Sunday.

The helicopter crew hoisted the injured crew-member from the Panamanian flagged motor vessel after he suffered a severe laceration to his head.

The call for help from the Daio Papyrus crew was received at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, the sea state and condition of the crew-member determined that the hoist could be delayed and performed at first light, Sunday morning.

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A Coast Guard rescue helicopter medevaced a crewman, reportedly suffering from an abdominal medical condition, from the 252-foot fishing vessel Kodiak Enterprise approximately 40 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Friday afternoon.

The 55-year-old fisherman was taken to Cold Bay and was met by LifeMed Alaska personnel who transferred the him to Anchorage for further medical care.

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Tribal, Coast Guard and local partners responded to an emergency landing of a Beechcraft airplane with two people aboard in the vicinity of Annette Island, Alaska, Friday.

Metlakatla police and fire rescue boat crews were first to arrive on scene and transported the two survivors to Metlakatla Clinic for medical care.

Reportedly the pilot of the BE18 Beechcraft missed the approach to the Ketchikan Airport due to icing on the airplane, diverted for an emergency landing on Annette Island but had to make an emergency landing in the water in Smuggler’s Cove near Annette Island.

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Five people were rescued in harsh weather conditions from the tug Ocean Eagle that ran aground on the Mariposa Reef on the south side of Strait Island in Sumner Strait Thursday night.

The Jayhawk aircrew hoisted the five people from a barge attached to the 102-foot tug Ocean Eagle and transported them to Sitka after the tug began taking on water Wednesday night.

The crew of the Ocean Eagle alerted the Coast Guard that the tug and barge had run aground on Mariposa Reef and begun taking on water in the engine room. The tug is reportedly carrying a total of 58,000 gallons of diesel fuel divided among several tanks. The barge is carrying mixed dry cargo and 52,000 gallons of diesel. Any discharge of product is unknown but consultations with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for oil trajectory calculations are underway.

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A Hispanic man, born in Los Angeles and a U.S. citizen, who worked aboard an Alaska fishing vessel has been awarded a $1.85 million settlement from his former employer after being subjected to relentless racial harassment and dangerous working conditions, his attorneys said.

Hispanic crew members were called “dirty Mexicans” and other racial epithets by the former captain and first mate who also treated Hispanic crew members differently from those who were white and made comments like, “They should all swim back to Mexico,” the judgment says.

A crew member confirmed the allegations, testifying that the captain was “racist towards the Mexican people on the boat …”, according to the judgment.

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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.