The Coast Guard rescued the skipper from a 33-foot, recreational, wooden, fishing trawler Onyx after he avoided sinking by intentionally running aground on Strait Island near Port Protection, Saturday. The man was hoisted from the island’s rocky shoreline, and taken to Sitka, uninjured.

The skipper called via VHF-FM channel 16 from his 33-foot, recreational, wooden, fishing trawler Onyx at about 2:40 p.m. and reported that the boat was taking on water. He had activated his EPIRB, put on his survival suit, and he was preparing to beach the boat on Strait Island to avoid sinking.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and spotted the man’s red meteor flare and strobe light. They successfully hoisted the man in spite of high winds at the time of approximately 40 mph, and rainy and misty conditions.

The skipper saved himself in bad conditions by reporting his position and intentions on VHF Channel 16, signaling with a flare, and having a strobe light on his survival suit, which he was actually wearing.

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The Coast Guard rescued a man after his boat capsized near Shelter Island near Juneau, Saturday. The un-injured man was hoisted from Shelter Island and brought him to Juneau.

The man used his cell phone to call Coast Guard about 10:54 a.m., after his 12-foot Zodiac capsized and was adrift near the north end of Shelter Island. He had righted the boat, and said he would attempt to row to Shelter Island.

The man activated his inReach SOS device when his boat capsized, providing a location for the Coast Guard and was also wearing an anti-exposure suit.

The individual was wearing an anti-exposure suit, and was equipped with an inReach device and a cell phone to call for help including his location. These factors contributed to his survival despite the adverse weather conditions of air temperature about 32 degrees and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

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An Injured crewman was medevaced from the fishing vessel Irene H near Sitkinak Island, Wednesday.

The Crewman had sustained an arm injury, and was hoisted by Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak and transported to waiting EMS in Kodiak.

The fishing vessel Irene H requested the medevac just before noon, when they were about 3 miles south of Sitkinak Island.

Since the weather included 25 mph winds with 10-12 foot seas and restricted visibility the helicopter arranged to meet Irene H in North Tugidak Passage, between Sitkinak Island and Tugidak Island, for protection from wind and waves.

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Two boaters were rescued out of the Multnomah Channel on the Willamette River by Coast Guard and Sauvie Island Volunteer Fire Department crews after their 16-foot aluminum skiff overturned early Saturday morning. A third boater self-rescued and reported the incident.

The two women were pulled from the water by the Sauvie Island firefighters and treated for symptoms related to hypothermia by a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Portland. The women were transported to Sauvie Island boat ramp, and care was transferred to emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received notification of the situation from Multnomah Dispatch at 3:16 a.m. and immediately launched the Station Portland boat crew.

A man was rescued from a 30-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water and stuck on the rocks north of Vendovi Island, Tuesday night.

The man was hoisted by helicopter and transported to Anacortes Airport, where he was safely transferred to emergency medical service personnel to be treated for signs of mild hypothermia at Island Hospital.

The initial mayday call from the mariner was at 7:04 p.m., he stated he was stuck near the island. Watchstanders lost communications, however, confirmed his position using the Coast Guard radio system Rescue 21. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham and the aircrew launched in response. They located the vessel on the rocks and the mariner on the island, but were unable to get close to the vessel or the mariner because of shallow water. The aircrew arrived 20-minutes later and performed the rescue.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles crew hoisted three mariners after vessel ran aground near Boulder Island, Wash., Saturday.

Three mariners drove their 46-foot recreational vessel onto rocks, climbed onto rocks and were they were safely hoisted and transported to Paine Field, a small international airport in Everett.

A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-response boat witnessed the incident. They remained at the location during the helicopter hoist as a precautionary measure.

Both the Dolphin and the RB-M crews were searching the area because of a derelict kayak found on the south end of Lopez Island. The crews reported that the recreational vessel nearly ran into the RB-M prior to running aground and taking on water.

No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

A Coast Guard Incident Management Team is currently on scene and monitoring the aground vessel in the event of pollution. There is no reported fuel spill at this time but there is a potential for a maximum spill of 200 gallons of gasoline.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 20-knot winds and 3-foot seas.

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Coast Guard crews searched for two people in the water after a skiff capsized near Salt Chuck in the northern portion of Duncan Canal, Friday.

At approximately 1:00 a.m., Sector Juneau watchstanders received a notification from the crew of a vessel that two individuals went into the water after their skiff capsized while in transit to them. The crew was able to save one of the two people, later reported in good condition.

Petersburg Search and Rescue personnel, an Alaska State Trooper boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew, other surface assets and the crew of the reporting vessel conducted on-the-water and shorelines searches. Unfortunately, one individual was located deceased by the Coast Guard helicopter crew.

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Fishing vessel Jacklynn May hit a rock near Percy Islands, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Cutter Adelie arrived on scene, controlled the flooding and assisted in towing the vessel to a nearby boat ramp for repairs.

The fishing vessel Jacklynn May had hit a rock and was taking on water. Coast Guard established communications with the Jacklynn May and confirmed the vessel was in distress with two people aboard.

The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched the Station Ketchikan crew, diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie to assist and also requested help from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

The Station Ketchikan boat crew, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, arrived on scene to assist Alaska Wildlife troopers and a good Samaritan vessel, Trident.

The mariners aboard the flooding fishing vessel had taken to their life raft and were in good condition when rescuers arrived. The Good Samaritan crew of Trident rescued them from their raft and took them aboard.

The water appeared to be entering the fishing vessel through a one-inch hole in the bow. Once the flooding was controlled, the Coast Guard members stuffed blankets and wedges into the hole to slow the water.”

The fishing vessel Ocean Harvester towed the Jacklynn May to a boat ramp at Tent Point on Annette Island.

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Coast Guard rescued two mariners in distress 130 miles northwest of Kodiak Island on the Alaska Peninsula, Tuesday. The helicopter crew safely hoisted and transported the mariners to Iliamna Airport.

The emergency mayday call via VHF channel 16 was broken and unreadable. The vessel in distress, the 32 ft fishing vessel Dutch, then activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).

The vessel had run hard aground with no injuries reported.

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Coast Guard Response Boat medevaced a 75-year-old from a cruise ship south of Coghlan Island, near Juneau, 2:45 am Thursday morning.

The boat crew safely transferred the patient to Capital City Fire and Rescue emergency medical services personnel in Statter Harbor.

The medevac request from the captain of the Norwegian Bliss reported a man reportedly exhibiting signs related to an allergic reaction while the boat was moored in Skagway.

The ship divert to Auke Bay to facilitate patient transport and allow a Coast Guard Station Juneau boat crew to respond.

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