The Coast Guard rescued two kayakers Monday in Ketchikan after one of their kayaks sustained damage and took on water.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco arrived on scene and recovered both kayakers along with their kayaks and returned them to their launch point at Mountain Point in Ketchikan. No injuries or medical concerns were reported.

The initial notification from a Metlakatla fish and wildlife officer reported the two female kayakers stranded on Race Point in Nichols Passage.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew with a skiff from Station Ketchikan. The crew of Bailey Barco was in the vicinity of the kayakers, arrived on scene first, and rendered assistance.

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The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a possible person in the water near Dutch Harbor. Still missing is 33-year-old Steven Mencer, last seen wearing a neon green pullover rain jacket with orange and black pants.

Mencer was reported missing at approximately 8:25 a.m. when he failed to report to crew check-in aboard the 164-foot fishing vessel Alaska Mist, moored at the Coastal Transportation Northern Dock in Dutch Harbor. Mencer was last seen at sea aboard the vessel approximately 45 minutes prior to being reported missing.

Coast Guard boat and aircrews searched a total of 63 square miles for Mencer over approximately 7.4 hours.

“After an exhaustive effort today, we suspended our search for Mr. Mencer at 8:20 p.m.,” said Lt. Danny Piazza, the 17th District command duty officer at the time of suspension. “Despite our best efforts, we were already at a disadvantage due to the water temperature and reports that Mr. Mencer was not wearing a PFD. Our thoughts are with Mr. Mencer’s family and friends.”

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The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water near Dutch Harbor Alaska, Thursday. Missing is 33-year-old Steven Mencer, last seen wearing a neon green pullover rain jacket with orange and black pants.

Mencer was reported missing after failing to report to crew check-in while the Alaska Mist, a 164-foot fishing vessel, was moored at Coastal Transportation Northern Dock, Thursday.

The master of Alaska Mist notified Coast Guard at 8:28 a.m., Thursday. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the 17th District command center at (907) 463-2000.

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Coast Guard medevaced an injured 49 year old fisherman with a serious finger injury liable to infection Saturday from F/V Alaskan Dream southwest of Kodiak Island. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was concerned at risk for infection for what would on the surface seem to be a non-major injury.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the 49-year-old man from the 58-foot fishing vessel Alaskan Dream at about 1:15 p.m. and transported him to Air Station Kodiak and delivered to awaiting local Emergency Medical Services.

The call from the Alaskan Dream was at about 9 a.m., reporting that a crew member had sustained a serious injury to his finger, approximately 170 miles southwest of Kodiak. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was concerned at risk for infection in any such injury, and recommended the medevac.

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Coast Guard medevaced a crewman with severe burns from the F/V Bountiful about 46 miles southwest of Saint Paul.

The helicopter crew from Kodiak hoisted the 43-year-old man around 3 p.m. and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Saint Paul for transport to Anchorage.

The medevac request from fishing vessel Bountiful came in about 10 am for a crew1member with severe burns. After conducting a brief with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, watchstanders directed the launch of the helicopter crew.

Further information about the cause of the injuries is not yet available.

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Two people were rescued early Saturday morning from their boat several miles off the coast of northwest Oregon.

A 56-year-old female and a 55-year-old male aboard a 44-foot recreational boat were beset by weather and had concerns about crossing the bar.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor LifeBoat arrived on scene at 3:45 p.m. and determined that it was unsafe to tow the vessel across the bar due to stability issues and deteriorating conditions. The crew instructed the boaters to don life jackets and remain offshore until weather improved. The rescue crew then returned to base. The boaters were kept on a communications schedule with the sector watchstanders.

A Coast Guard aircrew and two boatcrews are searching for three fishermen near the entrance to Coos Bay after finding the 38-foot fishing vessel Pacific Miner, capsized Tuesday evening on the jetty tips.

The capsized fishing vessel Pacific Miner, reportedly had three men aboard when it capsized.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew, flying on a routine training flight, spotted the capsized fishing vessel and reported it to the Sector North Bend Command Center. Shortly after receiving the report the Coast Guard received an EPIRB transmission automatically activated when it was submerged in water. The EPIRB was registered to the fishing vessel Pacific Miner.

The Pacific Miner reportedly has approximately 300 crab on board.

The Coos Bay bar reported conditions 8 to 12-foot breaking waves with low winds and four miles visibility.

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The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for an overdue kayaker near Sitka, Alaska.

Missing is 36-year-old Kale Pastel who was reported missing at 10:13 a.m. Sunday, after failing to arrive from an early morning kayaking trip from Sitka to Birdsnest Bay.

The search spanned more than 45 hours, 111 square miles, and included the following assets:

Helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka
26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation boat crews from Aids to Navigation Team Sitka
Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco crew
Sitka Mountain Rescue boat crews
U.S. Forest Service boat crews

At 1:15 p.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka spotted the kayak on Cannon Island. Earlier that morning, a good Samaritan located the kayak overturned and adrift in the Eastern Channel before towing it to Cannon Island.

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A 26-foot Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Boat capsized Saturday with four crew members aboard near Pier 39 in Astoria.

Four Coast Guardsmen were aboard the vessel conducting routine operations when the capsizing occurred, caused by a series of heavy wakes that came over the bow, which capsized the vessel.

At 11:39 a.m., four Personal Locator Beacon alerts registered to Coast Guard in Astoria., which correlated with multiple good Samaritans’ reports of visual distress signals in the vicinity of Pier 39 in Astoria, Oregon.

At approximately 11:50 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Columbia River issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and directed a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk crew and a Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to respond.

Hearing the broadcast, at 12:09 p.m., crew members aboard the Columbia Bar Pilot vessel Connor Foss contacted the Coast Guard reporting they had recovered the four Coast Guardsmen from the water.

Clatsop County Sheriff Marine Unit towed the capsized vessel to the 17th Street pier.

All persons involved are reported to be in healthy condition after being evaluated at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Vessels are responsible for the damage caused by their wake. In this case a risky capsize that could have resulted in injury or death. The Coast Guard has initiated the mishap board review process.

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Coast Guard suspended the search for five missing fishermen in the waters near Sutwik Island, Alaska.

The search spanned over 20 hours, 1,400 square miles and included: 4 helicopter crews, 2 Hercules airplane crews, and Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717)

“The decision to suspend an active search and rescue case is never easy, and it’s only made after careful consideration of a myriad of factors,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Bell, 17th District Commander. “Our deepest condolences to the friends and families impacted by this tragedy.”

Watchstanders at the 17th District Command Center in Juneau were notified of a mayday call via High Frequency radio on Tuesday evening from the fishing vessel Scandies Rose, which capsized and sank approximately five miles southeast of Sutwik Island.

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on-scene and rescued two survivors from a life raft. The survivors were taken to the hospital in Kodiak, where they are reported to be in stable condition.

After careful consideration of survival probability, the Coast Guard suspends an active search pending new information or developments.

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