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The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen, Tuesday, from a grounded fishing vessel, Reluctant, in Neka Bay, south of Hoonah.

The report was received at 8:30am and nearby Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick arrived on scene at approximately 8:34 a.m. A small boat crew launched to rescue the operator and crew from the fishing vessel Reluctant.

The impact of grounding risks injury to crewmen aboard. In this case, no injuries were reported.

The Reluctant was towed to Hoonah to be inspected for damage.

“Fortunately where the fishing vessel ran aground they were only three miles away from where our cutter, homeported in Ketchikan, was anchored and the radio communications were clear,” said Scott Cichoracki Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “We were able to quickly get a crew on scene to assist.”

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The Coast Guard medevaced a 40 year old injured crewman with a back injury from the 89 foot F/V Atlantico approximately 40 miles west of Cold Bay, Alaska, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisted the injured crewman and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services in Cold Bay for further transport to Anchorage.

Details of the incident are not given but hazardous work conditions often contribute to slip and fall injuries that can have serious long term consequences.

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A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted a pregnant crewmember from the Northern Jaeger, a 308-foot factory trawler, 200 miles northwest of St. Paul, Alaska, Saturday, and transported the passenger to commercial services in Cold Bay, and transferred her to a LifeMed flight team, who then transported the patient to higher medical care..

Saturday morning, a medevac request from the captain of the fishing vessel Northern Jaeger for a 22-year-old female crewmember reportedly experiencing medical complications due to pregnancy.

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The Coast Guard and good Samaritans assisted a man whose fishing vessel, Clara, at 29-feet, was aground and taking on water in the vicinity of Hole in the Wall, approximately five miles southeast of Port Protection, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Kukui monitored the towing involving the fishing vessel Clara, a 29-foot fishing vessel, as it was safely towed by the good Samaritan fishing vessel Eric to Port Protection for further repairs.

At 1:50 a.m., Coast Guard received a call to request assistance for the Clara, aground and taking on water. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the Cutter Kukui crew to assist. Watchstanders also directed the launch of a Sitka helicopter crew to assist.

The helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and lowered two dewatering pumps and a rescue swimmer to the fishing vessel to assist in dewatering. Additionally, two good Samaritans arrived via skiff to assist with dewatering and vessel repairs.

A third good Samaritan, aboard the fishing vessel Eric, towed the Clara to Port Protection, where it was safely moored.

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The Coast Guard rescued one fisherman from a lifeboat early Tuesday morning after a 66-foot commercial fishing boat, the Arctic Fox II, took on water and was abandoned about 85 miles offshore from Cape Flattery with three people aboard.

Watchstanders at multiple Coast Guard units received a VHF radio call for help at about 2 a.m. from a crewman aboard the Canadian-based commercial fishing vessel Arctic Fox II reporting the vessel was taking on water and the three people aboard planned to abandon ship.

The fisherman who hailed for help reported they were wearing survival suits.

An helicopter crew from Columbia River and a surveillance search and rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Sacramento deployed to search for the fishermen.

On scene, Coast Guard aircrews immediately spotted the lifeboat with one survivor and hoisted him safety.

Canadian search and rescue aircrews with The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria are expected to join the search effort later this morning.

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A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 24-year-old crewman from the fishing vessel Carol D near Baranof Island in Sitka, Saturday.

The helicopter crew hoisted and transported the patient to awaiting emergency medical service personnel in Sitka.

The call came in Friday night reporting a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Carol D was suffering from medical complications from an infected tooth.

The vessel had pulled into Snipe Bay to avoid heavy weather but weather in Snipe Bay prevented a safe transfer of the patient to the air station crew. Given a weather window and likely deterioration imminent the Coast Guard aircrew launched at sunrise on Saturday and completed the hoist and transfer at 7 a.m.

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The Coast Guard medevaced an injured fisherman Tuesday from a 63-foot commercial fishing boat operating about 150 miles offshore from Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

The call for help came in Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. from a satellite phone aboard the 63-foot commercial fishing boat Piky.

The crew member reported that Nathanial Miller, 24, who was working aboard Piky, suffered a serious eye injury and vision loss after a line slipped while he was reeling in a tuna, and a swivel tackle hit him in the eye.

The Piky’s captain transitted toward shore to close the distance and shorten response time for the medevac.

A helicopter crew from Columbia River, and an HC-27J Spartan medium-range surveillance, search and rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, California, deployed to assist the injured fisherman.

Once on scene, the Jayhawk aircrew hoisted the man, while the Spartan aircrew provided air cover, and communication and logistic support. The Jayhawk aircrew flew Miller to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland and transferred his care to medical professionals shortly after 6 p.m.

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A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medevaced an injured fisherman north of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Monday. A small boat transported the crewman to shore from the 42-foot commercial fishing vessel Rubicon. The helicopter aircrew transported the man safely from the nearby beach and transported the crewman to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak.

The call came in at about 12:45p.m., when the wife of the fishing vessel’s master requested a medevac for an injured crew member. Coast Guard launched a helicopter aircrew to respond. The crewman was delivered safely to waiting EMS personnel within the hour.

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The 52-foot fishing vessel Stormie B was aground and taking on water in 4-foot seas, 23-mph winds, in Sukhoi Bay, Alaska, Thursday.

A Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene at 3:11 p.m. and lowered dewatering equipment and a rescue swimmer. The Stormie B crewmembers were able to deploy the dewatering equipment to control flooding.

There are no reports of injuries or pollution, and the cause of the vessel’s grounding is under investigation.

At 2:23 p.m., Coast guard watchstanders heard a broken, unreadable high frequency radio communication from Stormie B. They issued an urgent marine information broadcast and requested the launch of aircrews from Air Station Kodiak.

Good Samaritan fishing vessel Buccaneer arrived on scene at approximately 3:35 p.m. and remains in the vicinity to maintain communication. The Stormie B’s owner is working with local salvage resources to develop a salvage plan.

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American Seafoods reports that 86 crew of the 272-foot trawler, American Dynasty, which carries up to 142 crew, have tested positive for COVID-19. The American Dynasty has returned to its homeport of Seattle and is currently on lockdown. Crew members are in quarantine and being monitored by medical personnel.

While American Dynasty was docked in Bellingham one crew member became ill and was taken to hospital. That crewman tested positive for COVID-19 and remains in hospital.

According to American Seafoods, all crew were tested for COVID-19 before boarding the vessel. Only those who tested negative for the virus were allowed to board.

The novel coronavirus may be an inconvenience for some but other individuals have more severe symptoms that can lead to permanent mental and physical impairment, or death. COVID-19 outbreaks and positive tests among workers have been reported by a dozen other companies.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Seattle/King County Health Department, Whatcom County Health Department, and the Port of Seattle, are investigating and working with American Dynasty to determine how this outbreak happened and how future outbreaks can be prevented.

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