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The Coast Guard medevaced a woman Wednesday from the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium in Chatham Strait, near Sitka. The aircrew retrieved the woman at approximately 10 a.m. and transferred her to Sitka, for further transport to a higher level of care.

Maritime Law is complex and includes rights for those who might need medical care. Vessel operators must ensure suitable care is available and can be held liable for not living up to their legal responsibilities.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received the request for a medevac from the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium at approximately 8 a.m. for a 55-year-old passenger who was suffering from chest pain. Watchstanders directed the launch of the Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

It takes an expert to find out what happened and get compensation for injured parties in cases where legal responsibilities have not been met.

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A sightseeing plane, with five passengers from a Holland America Line cruise from Seattle, crashed Thursday in southeast Alaska, killing all six people on board.

This is considered a maritime/admiralty matter cover by the Jones Act. Maritime employees are covered by the Jones Act/General maritime law and also passengers, although not seaman, are entitled to some maritime protections.

Reportedly the plane’s emergency alert beacon was activated around 11:20 a.m. in the area of Misty Fjords National Monument, near Ketchikan. A helicopter reported seeing wreckage on a ridgeline in the search area, and Coast Guard crew members found the wreckage around 2:40 p.m.

The aircraft involved is a float plane owned by Southeast Aviation LLC, a company that provides flightseeing tours as well as air charter services to other Southeast Alaska communities, according to its website. Holland America Line says the five passengers on the flight were from the company’s cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, which departed from Seattle on July 31 and stopped in Ketchikan on Thursday.

It takes experienced expert maritime attorneys to represent seamen and passengers who may be due compensation under the Jones act. The Jones Act is specific Maritime Law that is complex to interpret and apply, and applies to seaman and passengers in specific cases. It takes experts to fully investigate the circumstances of the maritime injury or death and experienced maritime attorneys to determine how much compensation may be due to the victims and their families in case of injury or loss of life.

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American Seafoods reports that 86 crew of the 272-foot trawler, American Dynasty, which carries up to 142 crew, have tested positive for COVID-19. The American Dynasty has returned to its homeport of Seattle and is currently on lockdown. Crew members are in quarantine and being monitored by medical personnel.

While American Dynasty was docked in Bellingham one crew member became ill and was taken to hospital. That crewman tested positive for COVID-19 and remains in hospital.

According to American Seafoods, all crew were tested for COVID-19 before boarding the vessel. Only those who tested negative for the virus were allowed to board.

The novel coronavirus may be an inconvenience for some but other individuals have more severe symptoms that can lead to permanent mental and physical impairment, or death. COVID-19 outbreaks and positive tests among workers have been reported by a dozen other companies.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Seattle/King County Health Department, Whatcom County Health Department, and the Port of Seattle, are investigating and working with American Dynasty to determine how this outbreak happened and how future outbreaks can be prevented.

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COVID-19 outbreaks and positive tests among workers have been reported by Blue Harvest Fisheries, Bristol Seafood, Bornstein Seafoods, High Liner Foods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Pacific Seafood, Peter Pan Seafoods, Thai Union and Trident Seafoods.

Exposure occurs through personal contact in cramped living quarters and close working conditions. Social distancing guideline are impractical in meat and seafood processing plants and vessels.

The novel coronavirus may be an inconvenience for some but other individuals have more severe symptoms that can lead to permanent mental and physical impairment, or death.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and county and port health officials are all investigating and working with these companies to determine future outbreaks can be prevented.

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Operational flights of Coast Guard aircraft continue as required, and crews and aircraft are ready to respond to any requests for assistance.

During the planning phase of every search and rescue or medical evacuation mission, Coast Guard District 17 follows protocols to determine potential survivor exposure to COVID-19. Air Station Kodiak maintains appropriate personal protective equipment for aircrews during missions and has decontamination procedures and equipment for the crews and aircraft upon their landing. This capability is deployable anywhere Coast Guard aircraft can land.

Kodiak Coast Guard personnel and their families remain focused on the health and well-being of the entire Kodiak community, especially during this pandemic crisis. Many Coast Guard family members are actively serving the local community as doctors, nurses, and other front line healthcare providers. Many Coast Guard dependents are serving as teachers and educators providing essential online education to the Kodiak community.

Active Duty members and their families are actively volunteering in the community by providing meals, delivering groceries, sewing cloth masks, and providing financial support to those in need.

Coast Guard senior leaders also are members of the Kodiak Emergency Services Committee and the Kodiak Economic Task Force, as well as serving as part of the Kodiak Incident Command System.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak remains ready to serve Alaskans and the United States, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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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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A 35-year-old crewman is reported overboard from the 780-foot cruise ship Amsterdam in Sitka Sound, Alaska.

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived to Sitka Sound, off Biorka Island at 1 a.m., to begin the search. Weather on scene was 43 mph winds, heavy fog, seas 6-8 feet, a water temperature of 55 degrees.

Coast Guard Sector was notified at 9 p.m., Thursday by the Amsterdam reporting the man missing after he did not show up for his shift. The master was made aware of the missing man at 7:45 p.m., having last been seen at 6pm. The Amsterdam crew made extensive searches of the vessel, and turned the vessel around toward its last known position to search the water but have since continued their voyage toward Victoria, British Columbia.

Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a woman from the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice near Noyes Island, west of Craig, Alaska, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the 61-year-old woman and transported her to Ketchikan, Alaska, where a Guardian Flight crew was waiting for transport to higher medical care.

The captain of the Celebrity Solstice reported the woman was suffering symptoms of a heart attack.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an 81-year-old female passenger with a head injury from the 112-foot cruise ship Island Spirit, in the vicinity of Stephens Passage, Alaska, Friday night.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the woman and transported her to awaiting EMS personnel in Juneau.

The Island Spirit crew requested a medevac reporting the woman had fallen, severely injuring her head. Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon and requested the launch of the Jayhawk crew.

Port Angeles Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a male passenger from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, near La Push, Thursday morning.

The 66-year-old male, who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding, was safely airlifted by the Coast Guard aircrew and transported to Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a call at 3:13 a.m. from the cruise ship, which was transiting to Victoria, Canada, requesting assistance for the passenger.

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