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A 45-foot Response Boat transported a passenger from the Noordam to awaiting emergency medical services in Auke Bay.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Noordam of the ailing passenger. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac via response boat. Watchstanders directed the launch of the station’s RB-M.

The weather at the time of the medevac was reported as light, variable winds with calm seas.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews deployed to Forward Operating Location Cold Bay medevaced an 80-year-old woman and a 34-year-old male during separate cases Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the cruise ship Sun Princess that a woman was suffering from symptoms of a perforated appendix. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac. Watchstanders requested the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which flew to Dutch Harbor to pick up a Guardian Flight crewmember to assist with the medevac.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the woman and transported her to Dutch Harbor where they rendezvoused with the Guardian Flight aircraft to transfer her for further care.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew medevaced a man from a charter vessel in Snipe Bay south of Sitka, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoisted the man and transported him to Sitka where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a medevac request from the captain aboard the Sapphire Blue for a 69-year-old man reportedly suffering heart problems. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew medevaced a passenger from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas in the Chatham Straight near Sitka, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoisted the man and transported him to Sitka where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from the captain aboard the Explorer of the Seas for a 57-year-old man reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The Coast Guard is investigating the allision of the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, Friday.

Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan were called to the scene after the Celebrity Infinity allided with the #3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock.

Watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center were alerted of the accident by the ship’s pilot Friday afternoon. No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the allusion.

Crystal Serenity, a 820-foot Bahamas-flagged cruise ship homeported in Nassau, called for Coast Guard assistance at 1:40 am when faced with a passenger suffering from internal bleeding.

A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 78-year-old man from the cruise ship 29 miles southwest of Newport, Ore., Friday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend and forward deployed to Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, safely transferred the man to emergency medical service personnel waiting at the air facility.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution with the onset of heavy weather expected to affect the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, this weekend.

The Coast Guard has notified the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, patrolling in the Bering Sea with an embarked Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, to standby to assist mariners.

Capt. Diane Durham, chief of response, 17th District, said,. “We are encouraging all mariners to monitor National Weather Service reports and take appropriate safety precautions, such as pulling into a safe harbor or taking shelter in the lee of an island, in order to safeguard their crews.”

A lawyer representing the family of Lonnie Jordan, an El Faro crew member, has filed a $100 million lawsuit against TOTE Service Inc. and TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, as well as the El Faro captain. The ship sank off the Bahamas on October 1st, and search and rescue ended after eight days. On October 5th, the U.S. Coast Guard found a body of a crewmember in a survival suit.

The lawsuit was filed family by attorney Willie E. Gary. Gary has accused the company of negligence and putting profit ahead of the lives of its employees. “We hope to get to the bottom of this,” Gary said. “We are at war now.”

“Tote Services, negligently permitted the El Faro to sail out to sea despite being in an unseaworthy condition to handle the conditions of a violent storm,” the lawsuit states.
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A shift in the approach to safety management of enclosed spaces on board ships is needed. Fifteen years ago, while working as an independent surveyor, I was carrying out a condition survey on board a bulk carrier. The scope of the survey included testing the emergency generator, located in the steering flat and accessed by an inclined ladder.

Accompanied by the superintendent and the chief engineer, we had no sooner reached the bottom of the space when the chief engineer urgently ordered us all out. By the time we had exited the space, within seconds, we were all in a state of dizziness and confusion, compounded by our inability to comprehend what had just occurred. Further investigation revealed that Freon gas had leaked from refrigeration machinery located in the steering flat and being heavier than air, had migrated into the emergency generator space, displacing breathable air. It was a lucky escape. Victims of asphyxiation in enclosed spaces deficient in oxygen will normally receive no such warning that anything is wrong or have the ability to quickly escape.
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A Coast Guard Station Juneau boatcrew medevaced a 61-year-old man experiencing symptoms of a heart attack aboard the cruise ship Star Princess in Lynn Canal, approximately 20 miles north of Juneau, Wednesday.

The station’s 45-foot Response Boat -Medium crew transported the man from the Star Princess to awaiting emergency medical services in Auke Bay.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center in received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Star Princess of the ailing passenger. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac via response boat. Watchstanders directed the launch of the station’s RB-M.

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