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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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An injured 60-year-old male crew-member was hoisted off the motor vessel Alexandria 15 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday morning. He is in stable condition after he reportedly lost sight in his left eye Tuesday.

An Automated Mutual-Vessel Rescue System notification message was received through Coast Guard Pacific Area command in Alameda, Calif., concerning the injured crewmember at 3:55 p.m., Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the captain of the 740-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, 610 miles off shore, made plans to meet for a medevac when the vessel got closer to shore.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River departed at about 7:30 a.m., Friday, arrived on scene with the ship at about 8 a.m. hoisted the injured crewmember safely and transferred him to the base in Warrenton where he was met by emergency medical services and transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.

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Sad news, the Coast Guard on Thursday suspended the search for the two missing crewmen from M/V Exito.

After the sinking of M/V Exito 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday evening, three of the five people on board the vessel were located by the good Samaritan crew of the Afognac Strait. The men were brought on board the vessel and transferred to Dutch Harbor.

The crews of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and its forward deployed MH-65 Dolphin helicopter had continued the search for the remaining two crewmen Wednesday night and Thursday.

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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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The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of the 738-foot fully laden Nenita that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. On its way again after being refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning.

There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden with grain.

The vessel, headed outbound the Columbia River from Kalama, Washington reportedly lost propulsion, ran hard aground and was taking on water. The vessel’s crew found, isolated and secured the flooding in the forward peak of the vessel.

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A Coast Guard boatcrew assisted a tug and barge past fast-moving ebb tide conditions near West Haven Marina preventing a barge from running aground, Thursday evening. The boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor towed while the tug pushed the barge to safety.

The captain of the tug MaryAnne called for assistance due to being beset by the ebb tide, which was running at about 4.6 mph. The MaryAnne had been only able to maintain position for the previous two hours at Light 7 with no forward movement with the barge carrying an excavator and 30 tons of rock.

The Coast Guard crew was already underway preparing for training with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, but diverted to assist. The boatcrew rigged a towing line and worked with the crew of the MaryAnne to get to safe water and moor up.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew, foward deployed to Kotzebue, medevaced a 65-year-old male from the tug boat Drew Foss 57 miles south of Kotzebue, Friday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and transported him to awaiting emergency personnel in Kotzebue.

17th Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from Health Force Partners reporting that the 65-year-old man was suffering from stroke symptoms. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended medevac within four hours.

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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew forward deployed in Kotzebue medevaced a crew member from the French cable laying vessel Isle De Sein approximately 80 miles southeast of Barrow Wednesday evening.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the injured crew member and safely transported him to Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow.

Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received a medevac request from the France Rescue Coordination Center reporting a 55-year-old man suffering symptoms of a heart attack. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

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The Coast Guard is responding to an incident involving a motor vessel that grounded in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, Friday night.

The motor vessel Rosco Palm, a 751-foot Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship reportedly ran aground at 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, refloated, moved to a few miles upstream to mitigate collision risk and then grounded while at anchor on sand bottom while waiting for first light assessment.

The vessel has refloated with the tide at 7:40 am and there is no indication of pollution being discharged. The vessel is transiting to an anchorage with pilot and tug assist. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew conducted an overflight of the vessel on Friday night and will conduct another overflight as weather conditions permit.

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Coast Guard Sector Juneau, along with multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued 18 people from the 35-foot whale-watching motor vessel Big Red in Favorite Channel near Juneau, Sunday afternoon.

All 16 passengers and two crewmembers were recovered and embarked onto motor vessel St. Herman, with the help of recreational vessel See You, and transported to Allen Marine Dock to await Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel. There was one injury reported.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a call from a crewmember of the Big Red reporting they were taking on water in Favorite Channel. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any vessels in the area to assist.