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A Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a 33-year-old crewman with a leg injury from fishing vessel Kelly Ann in Prince William Sound, Wednesday.

The aircrew safely hoisted the crewman and transferred him to awaiting Guardian Flight Services personnel in Cordova. The man was reportedly stable upon transfer.

The medevac request came in at approximately 5:51 p.m., for the crewmember aboard the Kelly Ann who had reportedly sustained an unspecified but potentially dangerous leg injury.

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The Coast Guard medevaced the 60-year-old Master who had sustained injuries from the 52-foot fishing vessel Lady Kay two miles south of Knowles Head, Alaska, Thursday.

A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted the injured man from the fishing vessel Lady Kay and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Cordova at 12:50 p.m. The man was reported in stable condition upon transfer.

Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center received notification at 11:33 p.m. that the vessel’s master sustained injuries and required assistance.

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Coast Guard medevaced an injured 58-year-old man off the fishing vessel Lake Bay in Revillagigedo Channel, 18 miles southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska, Monday.

Request for help came via VHF-FM radio Channel 16 from the vessel’s master that a crewmember aboard received a large laceration to his arm and required assistance. Coast Guard launched response vessels.

The boat crew and Ketchikan emergency medical services coordinated efforts to transfer the man in dense fog from the small boat to Station Ketchikan. Ketchikan EMS further transported the man to Ketchikan Medical Center. The man was reported stable upon transfer.
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A good Samaritan boat crew medevaced the injured captain of the the fish processing vessel Northwind, northeast of Biorka Island, Saturday.

The good Samaritan crew aboard the charter fishing vessel North River took the captain from the Northwind onto their vessel, then transported him to shore where he was transferred to the Coast Guard Helicopter that was able to land nearby.

F/V North River reported that the captain of the fish processing vessel Northwind potentially severed several fingers. Around the same time the Coast Guard helicopter crew was conducting a training flight in the area, heard a request for help over VHF channel 16 and diverted to respond.

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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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