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A 42-year-old woman, bleeding from a blunt object head injury and losing consciousness, was medevaced off the fishing vessel Western Cruiser near Cape Ulitka on the north end of Noyes Island, Thursday, transported to Sitka and then transferred to waiting emergency medical service personnel, who took her to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

The call came in around 11:40 a.m., from Craig City Harbormaster staff, who stated a member of the crew was bleeding and in an out of consciousness after a blunt object impact to the head.

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The operator of the 49-foot commercial fishing vessel Daffine radioed for help when the vessel capsized and sank in 500 feet of water. All five people who were aboard had abandoned ship into a skiff and provided the coordinates for the skiff, as well as noted there was only one life jacket.

The EPIRB registered to the vessel indicated the vessel sank and all aboard transferred to the skiff, as well as that they only had one handheld radio, one survival suit and were holding onto their seine net.

Coast guard boats launched in response. An Alaska State wildlife trooper arrived shortly after noon and confirmed the location of the skiff. The Coast guard crew and good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Lovie Joann arrived within the following 10 minutes.

The master of the Daffnie stayed on scene aboard the skiff to retrieve the net with the assistance of the Lovie Joann crew. The coast guard transferred the other four people to their boat, recovered a life raft and EPIRB, and returned them all to Ketchikan.

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Coast Guard crews are searching by air and sea for one person missing after a midnight explosion and subsequent fire at Delong Dock in Whittier, Alaska, Monday.

An explosion reportedly occurred on a fixed barge, and the fire spread to the pier and then to the F/V Anagalik, a 99-foot commercial fishing vessel that was initially reported to have two people aboard at the time of the explosion. Whittier Police Department personnel have since confirmed one of those two is safely aboard a different vessel en route to Whittier.

By 2:50 a.m., Whittier Fire Department personnel confirmed the fire extinguished.

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A crew member aboard the fishing vessel Wonderland in Clarence Strait reportedly experienced severe abdominal pains and a medevac was requested at about 8:20pm.

The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing crew member from the fishing boat Wonderful northwest of Ketchikan, Monday. The 62-year-old was taken to Bar Harbor in Ketchikan and placed in the care of awaiting EMS at approximately 10:45 p.m.

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The Coast Guard suspended its search for a person in the water in Nushagak Bay, Monday.

Helicopter Hercules aircraft crews searched approximately 650 square miles over the course of more than ten hours for a male crew member from the commercial fishing vessel Pail Rider who went overboard at approximately 3 a.m.

The search was suspended at approximately 4 p.m.

“Despite our very best effort today along with about 10 fishing boat crews who helped us search, we were not able to locate the man who went overboard this morning,” said Ray Dwyer, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer for the case. “After an exhaustive effort, the difficult decision was made to suspend.”

For the initial news release about the search, please visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/24ec425

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The Coast Guard is searching for a crewman from the commercial fishing vessel Pail Rider who went overboard at approximately 3 a.m. in the water in Nushagak Bay, Monday.

The man was reportedly not wearing a life jacket, but was wearing orange pants and bib. The crew aboard the Pail Rider fired flares and other vessels arrived on scene to assist with the search. Approximately 10 good Samaritan fishing vessels are on scene assisting with the search.

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Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman who lost consciousness aboard a charter fishing vessel near Seward, Tuesday.

The 61-year-old experiencing symptoms of a heart attack was lifted from the vessel Arctic Endeavor just off Cape Resurrection and brought to awaiting local EMS in Seward, where he was responsive and appeared to be in stable condition.

The captain of the Arctic Endeavor called for help about 10:30 a.m.

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An injured seaman who had cut himself reportedly suffered upper-body spasms possibly due to a tetanus infection and was airlifted by Coast Guard to emergency medical services in Warrenton.

The medevac request from the motor vessel Nordic Stavanger reported a 26-year-old male Ukrainian crewmember suffering from spasms believed to be linked to a laceration suffered 2 days prior that was not treated for Tetanus. The ship was approximately 100 miles southwest of the Columbia River entrance at the time. The aircrew rendezvoused with the Nordic Stavanger 72 miles offshore, hoisted the seaman and transferred him to EMS and to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for treatment.

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The 55-year-old skipper reportedly suffering from a heart attack was medevaced from the commercial fishing vessel Emerald Seas 20-miles west of Tillamook Bay, Thursday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Columbia River Command Center received a distress call on the VHF-FM Radio Channel 16 at 1:13 p.m., from the Emerald Seas. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man and transported him to emergency medical services at Tillamook Airport.

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A 22-year-old male with a reported hand injury was medically evacuated by Coast Guard aircrew from the 254 foot fishing vessel Phoenix near La Push, Wash., Tuesday.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles medically evacuated the crew member from the 254-foot vessel Phoenix and transported him to Port Angeles where they met awaiting local Emergency Medical Service personnel.

At 11:28 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received an emergency call from a boater in the area. The boater reported the vessel was approximately 25 miles west of Coast Guard Station Quillayute River.

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