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The Coast Guard rescued the skipper from a 33-foot, recreational, wooden, fishing trawler Onyx after he avoided sinking by intentionally running aground on Strait Island near Port Protection, Saturday. The man was hoisted from the island’s rocky shoreline, and taken to Sitka, uninjured.

The skipper called via VHF-FM channel 16 from his 33-foot, recreational, wooden, fishing trawler Onyx at about 2:40 p.m. and reported that the boat was taking on water. He had activated his EPIRB, put on his survival suit, and he was preparing to beach the boat on Strait Island to avoid sinking.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and spotted the man’s red meteor flare and strobe light. They successfully hoisted the man in spite of high winds at the time of approximately 40 mph, and rainy and misty conditions.

The skipper saved himself in bad conditions by reporting his position and intentions on VHF Channel 16, signaling with a flare, and having a strobe light on his survival suit, which he was actually wearing.

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An Injured crewman was medevaced from the fishing vessel Irene H near Sitkinak Island, Wednesday.

The Crewman had sustained an arm injury, and was hoisted by Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak and transported to waiting EMS in Kodiak.

The fishing vessel Irene H requested the medevac just before noon, when they were about 3 miles south of Sitkinak Island.

Since the weather included 25 mph winds with 10-12 foot seas and restricted visibility the helicopter arranged to meet Irene H in North Tugidak Passage, between Sitkinak Island and Tugidak Island, for protection from wind and waves.

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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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