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Fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning. All five fishermen were pulled from the water by the crew of the fishing vessel Sea Ballad. They were transferred to the Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and transported to Ilwaco, Wash., where they did not need medical attention.

The mayday calls from the Star King via channel 16 came in at 4:31 a.m. The fishing trawler’s captain first reported they were taking on water and listing hard to starboard before suddenly capsizing and sending all five crewmembers into the water. All five fishermen were accounted for by 5:10 a.m.

“The quick, selfless actions taken by the crew of the good Samaritan crab vessel Sea Ballad and the fact that the Star King’s crew put on survival suits saved five lives today,” said Chief Petty Officer Justin Urbano, command duty officer, Sector Columbia River. “These fishermen were out of the water before we arrived on scene.”

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Broken down and drift in 20 to 22-foot seas with 49-mph winds and 9 miles visibility, four crew were rescued from the disabled fishing vessel Lady Gudny in heavy seas 230 miles east-southeast of Kodiak, Friday. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the four people from the Lady Gudny and transported them to Air Station Kodiak in good health.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday the Lady Gudny became helpless 230 miles east of Kodiak after they exhausted their supply of fuel filters and were unable to run the engine.

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot seagoing buoytender home ported in Kodiak, arrived on scene Friday morning. The SPAR prepared to bring the Lady Gudny into tow when the towline separated, causing the SPAR to become disabled.

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KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman, reportedly suffering from seizure symptoms, from the fishing vessel Transit in Shelikof Strait near Kodiak Island Sunday morning.

The 37-year-old fisherman was hoisted and transported to Kodiak where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

“We received reports of a low pressure system approaching the area with the potential of bringing increased winds and seas over the next several hours,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Sheffield, Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The quick response of our aircrew to the scene made it possible for a safe hoist and transit back to Kodiak.”

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F/V Transit crewman was medevaced by Air Station Kodiak Coast Guard helicopter to Emergency Medical Services in Kodiak in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The nature of the incident and the condition of the crewman are currently unavailable. This blog will be updated when more information is available.

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An injured crew member was hoisted from the 75-foot F/V Leann more than 20 miles off Florence, Thursday.The 50 year old crewman was safely transported to medical personnel in Coos Bay.

The vessel master confirmed by phone that the crew member was unconscious after he fell and suffered a head injury. Weather conditions at the time were calm.

The master later reported that the crew member was awake but combative. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence, responded to act as a safety boat.

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew responded to a mayday call and medevaced an injured mariner from the fishing vessel Vendor in Pybus Bay, near Fredrick Sound, approximately 80 miles south of Juneau. They hoisted the 37-year-old man in 12 mph winds and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Sitka.

The mariner requested assistance after reportedly suffering a leg injury.

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This just in from Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning, who provided this update on the Exito sinking:

The search for the two missing Exito crewmen continues.

The Coast Guard, in its initial news release, mistakenly referred to the Exito as a “fishing vessel.” The Exito was a converted F/V now hauling cargo including 55-gallon drums and an X-ray machine from Dutch Harbor to Akutan. It was working for Trident Seafoods, which has a huge processing plant at Akutan.

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Five fishermen were rescued from an aground commercial fishing vessel in the vicinity of Grenville Bay, north of Moclips Beach early Wednesday morning.

The five-man crew was removed from the vessel by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and transferred to Quinalt Indian Reservation emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, were notified of the grounding at 3:30 a.m., by the crew of the Qualaysquallum, a 58-foot, steel hulled tribal fishing vessel, homeported in Westport. No injuries or pollution have been reported.

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A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew and four good Samaritan crews responded to the sinking of fishing vessel Exito after it began taking on water 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday evening.

Three of the vessel’s five crewmembers were located by the good Samaritan crew of the Afognac Strait. The crewmembers were brought on board the vessel and are being transferred to Dutch Harbor.

The Jayhawk aircrew and good Samaritan crews on the commercial fishing vessels Commitment, Blue North and Northern Lead continue to search for the remaining two crewmembers of the Exito. The crewmembers brought on board the Afognak Strait reported that one of the remaining crewmembers had put on immersion suit and was last seen preparing to abandon ship.

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A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a mariner who suffered suffered a leg injury while working in heavy seas from the cargo vessel Tianjin Pioneer in 50 mph winds approximately 97 miles north of Adak, Alaska, Saturday.

The crew hoisted the 21-year-old man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Adak. He was then transported to Anchorage for medical care.