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Two men are reported overdue from a boating trip near Ketchikan Sunday in weather reported to be 17 to 23-mph winds and 4-foot seas.

Coast Guard Jayhawk and 45-foot Response Boat crews are conducting search patterns on the southern end of Gravina Island. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk crew located a 16-foot skiff belonging to the missing men capsized north of the intended route in Blank Inlet on Gravina Island at approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The crew of the good Samaritan fishing vessel Storm Rage righted the skiff and is towing it back to Ketchikan.

Alaska State Troopers have activated the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to assist with shoreline searches. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple is expected to arrive on scene Monday morning.

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The Coast Guard suspended the search at 2:19 p.m., for Andrew W. Aldrich, a kayaker who was reported missing early Wednesday morning in North Bay in the vicinity of Case Inlet near Allyn.

The searched covered 16 square miles for more than 12 hours covering 170 miles in efforts to locate Aldrich, 31, who was last seen in a yellow kayak wearing dark green Carhardt gear but not wearing a life jacket.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office raised the alarm at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday. The Coast Guard began searching and continues to search with crews from Station Seattle, Air Station Port Angeles and the Cutter Adelie. Coast Guard crews located an empty yellow kayak with a paddle in North Bay at about 9 a.m.

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Six people were saved from a hard-aground pleasure craft near Cube Cove, approximately 65 miles northeast of Sitka, Alaska, Thursday afternoon. Seas were calm, wind light.

A Coast Guard Sitka helicopter crew medevaced one injured woman to medical attention in Juneau.

Five other mariners were picked up by good Samaritans, transferred to the Coast Guard Rescue Boat and transported to Juneau.

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The Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers rescued three people from a 53-foot recreational boat that ran hard aground on Broad Island in Peril Strait Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday that the Danasea ran aground and was taking on water with three people aboard. The vessel was equipped with an emergency position-indicating radio beacon, life raft, survival suits and a radio.

After 1 a.m. Sunday, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer and one pump and then a second after the first pump was not able to keep up with the flooding. The rescue swimmer remained aboard the Danasea while a good Samaritan vessel escorted it until the Alaska State Troopers vessel Enforcer arrived on scene. The good Samaritan vessel also brought aboard two of the people from the Danasea. At approximately 3 a.m. the Enforcer arrived on scene to escort the Danasea, while its skipper decided to continue transit to Sitka using the pumps.

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A helicopter crew rescued a mariner from his grounded sailing vessel Lieveling 209 miles north of Kodiak, Alaska, Monday.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a radio call for assistance from the mariner reporting he was drifting toward the rocks and donning his survival suit. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, and requested an MH-60 helicopter crew and HC-130 airplane crew from Air Station Kodiak for assistance.

The aircrew arrived on scene and sighted the Leiveling hard aground with the mariner ashore. They landed on the beach nearby to embark the mariner and transport him to Seward

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Four people were rescued from Knight Island in Marsha Bay in the vicinity of Prince William Sound, Friday afternoon, after their boat sank.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were initially notified via satellite phone by a good Samaritan who heard the distress call via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Alaska State Troopers later received an emergency beacon alert from the survivors indicating that they were in distress.

Sector Anchorage watchstanders correlated the two distress calls and launched Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews along with a Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew.

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Besides bad weather a 26 foot boat struck on underwater obstruction putting three lives at risk. Two Coast Guard boatcrews rescued the three people aboard the boat that had hit a submerged object and became dead in the water near Sand Island, on the Columbia River, Friday afternoon.

The boaters were reportedly uninjured and the stricken 26-foot boat was towed into the port of Ilwaco and moored safely.

The boatcrews arrived on scene within minutes of receiving the call and began assisting the boaters. A Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment crew, aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small II, was used to tow the vessel from shallow waters, where it was then passed off to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew conducted the tow to Ilwaco.

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Two kayakers were assisted to safety after high winds stranded them near Sucia Island, Saturday afternoon.
The kayakers were picked up by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish and safely transported to Orcas Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a cell phone call from the kayakers at about 3:40 p.m. requesting assistance because they felt unsafe in attempting to make the transit back to Orcas Island. A Canadian Coast Guard Motor Life Boat crew also responded and arrived on scene at the same time as the Swordfish’s crew.

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A good Samaritan rescued three adults and two teenagers from a 32-foot personal craft taking on water in the vicinity of Naked Island Sunday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mobile phone call at 6 a.m. from one of the five people reporting they abandoned ship and swam to shore after their boat began to sink. Sector Anchorage issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to vessels in the area to render assistance. The 33-foot good Samaritan vessel Sweet Pea responded to the call and brought the five people safely aboard. There were no reports of injuries.

A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew transferred the five from the Sweet Pea and took them safely to Whittier.

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The Coast Guard has suspended the search at 1 p.m., Saturday, for Jerry Wayne Middleton, who was last seen aboard a 14-foot skiff in Shilshole Bay.

Coast Guard crews from Station Seattle, Air Station Port Angeles, the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, as well as members of the Bainbridge Island and Seattle police departments, searched the area around Middleton’s last known location for over 20 hours with negative results. Additionally, Shishole Bay Marina staff reviewed their camera footage and Bainbridge Island Police Department personnel searched the shoreline.

Search efforts began when a good Samaritan reported Middleton’s 14-foot skiff unmanned and adrift in the bay Friday. A second good Samaritan reported seeing him aboard his skiff 30 minute prior to the unmanned report and a third good Samaritan came across debris in the water.