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Coast Guard crews searched for two people in the water after a skiff capsized near Salt Chuck in the northern portion of Duncan Canal, Friday.

At approximately 1:00 a.m., Sector Juneau watchstanders received a notification from the crew of a vessel that two individuals went into the water after their skiff capsized while in transit to them. The crew was able to save one of the two people, later reported in good condition.

Petersburg Search and Rescue personnel, an Alaska State Trooper boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew, other surface assets and the crew of the reporting vessel conducted on-the-water and shorelines searches. Unfortunately, one individual was located deceased by the Coast Guard helicopter crew.

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Fishing vessel Jacklynn May hit a rock near Percy Islands, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Cutter Adelie arrived on scene, controlled the flooding and assisted in towing the vessel to a nearby boat ramp for repairs.

The fishing vessel Jacklynn May had hit a rock and was taking on water. Coast Guard established communications with the Jacklynn May and confirmed the vessel was in distress with two people aboard.

The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched the Station Ketchikan crew, diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie to assist and also requested help from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

The Station Ketchikan boat crew, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, arrived on scene to assist Alaska Wildlife troopers and a good Samaritan vessel, Trident.

The mariners aboard the flooding fishing vessel had taken to their life raft and were in good condition when rescuers arrived. The Good Samaritan crew of Trident rescued them from their raft and took them aboard.

The water appeared to be entering the fishing vessel through a one-inch hole in the bow. Once the flooding was controlled, the Coast Guard members stuffed blankets and wedges into the hole to slow the water.”

The fishing vessel Ocean Harvester towed the Jacklynn May to a boat ramp at Tent Point on Annette Island.

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Coast Guard rescued two mariners in distress 130 miles northwest of Kodiak Island on the Alaska Peninsula, Tuesday. The helicopter crew safely hoisted and transported the mariners to Iliamna Airport.

The emergency mayday call via VHF channel 16 was broken and unreadable. The vessel in distress, the 32 ft fishing vessel Dutch, then activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).

The vessel had run hard aground with no injuries reported.

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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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