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A 42 year old crewman fell 20 feet from a scaffolding resulting in back and hip injuries. Coast Guard medevaced the man from the 655-foot motor vessel Delsa 130 miles southeast from Cold Bay and transported him there and on to Anchorage for further treatment.

On scene a Coast Guard aviation survival technician, and a rescue litter were lowered to the top deck of the Delsa. A narrow staircase led to the cargo hold where they stabilized the man on the rescue litter then had to direct a 150-foot hoist of the litter with crewman aboard from the cargo hold to the helicopter.

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A 38-year-old crewman with burns on legs and arms from boiler steam was medevaced from the cargo vessel Tawa Arrow located 174 miles off the Columbia River entrance, Saturday.

A Coast Guard helicopter safely hoisted the injured crewman and transported him to Life Flight Network personnel for transportation to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The injured man had received antibiotics and pain medication plus the helicopter had a Life Flight Network nurse aboard to assist with patient care.

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Coast Guard safely medevaced a man suffering a broken arm from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, 15 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Saturday morning. The smallboat crew transferred the man to the Cutter Alex Haley for transport to Nome.

Coast Guard received a relay notification from a Coast Guard liaison to China who reported a Chinese national aboard the Xue Long suffered a broken arm while conducting research in the Arctic Ocean. Watchstanders directed the Xue Long to travel 15 miles offshore from Nome, where the Coast Guard conducted the medevac.

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The master of the pleasure craft Alaska Song had a heart attack while anchored in Takatz Bay near Baranof Island. Due to low visibility, the Jayhawk crew was unable to hoist the master of the Alaska Song from the anchored location. Sector Juneau watchstanders contacted the crew of the good Samaritan vessel Sea Lion to transport the man to Chatham Strait. He was hoisted in Chatham Strait near Angoon and transferred to awaiting emergency medical services

The crew reported that the master had been treated by an onboard cardiologist but was in unstable condition. Watchstanders diverted a Jayhawk crew responding to the tug Justine Foss and requested the recall and launch of a second Jayhawk crew.

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A 67-year-old male crewmember was hoisted from the tug Justine Foss 62 miles south of Yakutat.

Coast Guard Seventeenth District watchstanders received a report from Health Force Partners that a crewmember on the tug Justine Foss was suffering from a possible detached retina. Coast Guard Sector Juneau launched a Jayhawk helicopter to transport the crew to medical facilities.

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The Coast Guard is responding to a grounded tanker, the Argent Cosmos, a 557-foot Panamanian-flagged tanker loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol. It also has 458,074 gallons of high-sulfur oil and 99,064 gallons of low-sulfur oil aboard. The vessel was outbound after finishing a port call at Longview, Washington. Two tugs are on scene in the vicinity of Skamokawa, Washington to assist as the water rises with the incoming tide.

Apparently the Argent Cosmos lost the use of a fuel pump and ran aground at 6:28 a.m. Thursday.

A boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II from Station Cape Disappointment is en route to the vessel with a Sector Columbia River inspections team.

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Four people were rescued from the tug, 18 Eagles, after it ran aground in calm weather on Vitskari Rocks, near Sitka, Saturday.

Coast Guard and State Trooper crews arrived on scene and dewatered the tug. The AST crew towed the tug and crew to Sitka.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report on VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the tug crew that they had run aground and were taking on water.

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Tug Mauna Loa became disabled and began to drift towards the Washington coast, Tuesday.

The 113-foot Mauna Loa along with their 320-foot barge were met by the crew of tug vessel Lauren Foss, who took it into tow and is towing the disabled vessel to Port Angeles, Wash.

The master of the disabled tug stating that they suffered engine failure and were drifting toward the coast. Coast Guard then coordinated with the owner of the tug who contracted with the tugs Lauren Foss, out of Neah Bay, and the David Brusco, out of Cathlamet, to intercept the Mauna Loa before it could drift aground.

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Powhatan, an 81-foot tug owned by the Samson Tug and Barge Company sank at the pier on Wednesday night in Sitka. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are responding.

Samson Tug and Barge Company has contracted Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization for oil recovery, Hanson Maritime to dive and survey the tug, and are developing a salvage plan.

The sunken tug, Powhatan, is an 81-foot vessel owned by Samson Tug and Barge Company that had been out of service for over ten years. The tug’s total fuel capacity is 20,000 gallons. Samson Tug and Barge Company reported only the forward fuel tank had been in use recently with a maximum capacity of 2,500 gallons and the other fuel tanks had previously been drained. The vessel sank at the pier on Wednesday evening and subsequently slid under the pier approximately 200 yards along an underwater ledge. Some residual diesel fuel and oil is leaking from the sunken vessel. SEAPRO has placed boom around the vessel to contain the leak.

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The Coast Guard evacuated an injured crew-member from the cargo vessel Daio Papyrus 10 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore., Sunday.

The helicopter crew hoisted the injured crew-member from the Panamanian flagged motor vessel after he suffered a severe laceration to his head.

The call for help from the Daio Papyrus crew was received at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, the sea state and condition of the crew-member determined that the hoist could be delayed and performed at first light, Sunday morning.