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A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a kayaker capsized near the Grays Harbor entrance Sunday afternoon near Ocean Shores, Washington.

The helicopter crew hoisted the kayaker and transported him to the helicopter pad at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, where he was checked out by emergency medical services. He was treated for symptoms related to hypothermia and released.

The call was received from Pacific County Dispatch at 2:10 p.m., requesting assistance in rescuing a reported capsized kayaker near the entrance to Grays Harbor. The Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted from training, and 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor was launched due to the foggy conditions with visibility only 200 yards offshore. The kayaker was spotted by searchers at 2:45 p.m., and a rescue swimmer was lowered down to pull the man from the water at 2:53 p.m.

The man was dropped off to EMS at 3:10 p.m. The 47-foot MLB crew recovered the kayak.

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The Coast Guard and Portland Fire and Rescue rescued six adults and one child Saturday afternoon from the 40-foot Lawilila which was impaled on a piling and taking on water in the vicinity of Kelley Point in Portland.

A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat and a Fire Boat removed the seven people from the vessel. No injuries were reported, and five of the boaters were taken to shore. The master of the boat and another person are reportedly assisting Tow Boat US in salvage efforts.

The mayday call was received at 1:05 p.m. and a Portland crew diverted from assisting a vessel aground near the I-205 Bridge and arrived on scene at 1:18 p.m. After assessing the incident, the Coast Guard crew removed five of the boaters from the Lawilila. Fire Boat 17 arrived on scene at 1:25 p.m. and removed the two other boaters.

The Lawilila reportedly impaled and stuck on a submerged piling. On-scene crews attempted to remove the boat from the piling but were unable to do so. Salvage efforts are continuing at this time.

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The Coast Guard rescued two kayakers Friday when they became stranded after paddling from Juneau to Couverden Island.

A Response Boat-Medium from Juneau picked up the kayakers from the northern tip of Couverden Island at approximately 10 p.m., then brought them to where they were parked near Statter Harbor in Auke bay. There were no injuries reported.

The initial phone call from one of the kayakers at approximately 9:15 p.m. requesting assistance. The kayaker indicated that he and a male friend had become exhausted after an approximate 9-hour, 23-mile paddle in their 10-foot kayaks. He expressed concerns about running out of daylight, having no lifejackets, no exposure suits, no warm clothing, no food, water, no survival equipment, nor means of communication aside from a cell phone running low on battery.

“These kayakers made several all-too-common mistakes before heading out on the water yesterday,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Theodore Bach, Station Juneau response boat coxswain for the case. “They were lucky to have enough cell phone battery left to call for help. It is very common for boaters to head out on the water unprepared for the conditions. The water temperature is still frigid and the air temperatures at night still dip into the 30s. Hypothermia is just one way that Alaskan boaters die each spring.”

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Operational flights of Coast Guard aircraft continue as required, and crews and aircraft are ready to respond to any requests for assistance.

During the planning phase of every search and rescue or medical evacuation mission, Coast Guard District 17 follows protocols to determine potential survivor exposure to COVID-19. Air Station Kodiak maintains appropriate personal protective equipment for aircrews during missions and has decontamination procedures and equipment for the crews and aircraft upon their landing. This capability is deployable anywhere Coast Guard aircraft can land.

Kodiak Coast Guard personnel and their families remain focused on the health and well-being of the entire Kodiak community, especially during this pandemic crisis. Many Coast Guard family members are actively serving the local community as doctors, nurses, and other front line healthcare providers. Many Coast Guard dependents are serving as teachers and educators providing essential online education to the Kodiak community.

Active Duty members and their families are actively volunteering in the community by providing meals, delivering groceries, sewing cloth masks, and providing financial support to those in need.

Coast Guard senior leaders also are members of the Kodiak Emergency Services Committee and the Kodiak Economic Task Force, as well as serving as part of the Kodiak Incident Command System.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak remains ready to serve Alaskans and the United States, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The Coast Guard rescued two kayakers Monday in Ketchikan after one of their kayaks sustained damage and took on water.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco arrived on scene and recovered both kayakers along with their kayaks and returned them to their launch point at Mountain Point in Ketchikan. No injuries or medical concerns were reported.

The initial notification from a Metlakatla fish and wildlife officer reported the two female kayakers stranded on Race Point in Nichols Passage.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew with a skiff from Station Ketchikan. The crew of Bailey Barco was in the vicinity of the kayakers, arrived on scene first, and rendered assistance.

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Two people were rescued early Saturday morning from their boat several miles off the coast of northwest Oregon.

A 56-year-old female and a 55-year-old male aboard a 44-foot recreational boat were beset by weather and had concerns about crossing the bar.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor LifeBoat arrived on scene at 3:45 p.m. and determined that it was unsafe to tow the vessel across the bar due to stability issues and deteriorating conditions. The crew instructed the boaters to don life jackets and remain offshore until weather improved. The rescue crew then returned to base. The boaters were kept on a communications schedule with the sector watchstanders.

The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for an overdue kayaker near Sitka, Alaska.

Missing is 36-year-old Kale Pastel who was reported missing at 10:13 a.m. Sunday, after failing to arrive from an early morning kayaking trip from Sitka to Birdsnest Bay.

The search spanned more than 45 hours, 111 square miles, and included the following assets:

Helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka
26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation boat crews from Aids to Navigation Team Sitka
Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco crew
Sitka Mountain Rescue boat crews
U.S. Forest Service boat crews

At 1:15 p.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka spotted the kayak on Cannon Island. Earlier that morning, a good Samaritan located the kayak overturned and adrift in the Eastern Channel before towing it to Cannon Island.

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The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday night after more than 22 hours of combined searches in the vicinity of Brookings. Missing is Dan VanCleave.

Coast Guard Sector North Bend coordinated 14 combined searches, which were conducted by an MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River and a beach-combing search conducted by members of Station Chetco River.

All searches resulted in negative results.

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The Coast Guard is searching for a 59-year-old man reported missing in the waters in the vicinity of Chetco River.

Dan VanCleave, who was reported overdue Tuesday night by his wife after he failed to return home before sunset.

The 13th Coast Guard District Command Center in Seattle conducted a forensics investigation, and VanCleave’s cellphone company produced the phone’s location on land in Brookings, with a 2000-foot radius area of uncertainty that includes the beaches and ocean.

At 7:10 p.m. members of Coast Guard Station Chetco River conducted a land-based search of beach areas within the cell phone range and launched illumination flares.

At 7:40 p.m. Coast Guard Sector North Bend launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to search above the marine layer to possibly draw a flare and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Chetco River searched outside the Chetco River entrance.

At 8 p.m. VanCleave’s truck and trailer was located at the Brookings Boat Basin.

Coast Guard members reviewed the day’s footage from the bar-tower camera to determine if or when VanCleave’s vessel departed the harbor.

At 10 p.m. the aircrew located an unlit boat 1.7 miles south of the Chetco River Jetty.

The MLB crew arrived on scene and confirmed that the 16-foot vessel, which was found with the engine idling in the down position, was registered to VanCleave. His cellphone and other personal items were found, however, the boat was unattended.

The crew towed the boat into Brookings and then continued with the search effort through the night.

Aircrews from Sector North Bend and boatcrews from Station Chetco River continue to search the area Wednesday morning.

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The Coast Guard rescued a man after his boat capsized near Shelter Island near Juneau, Saturday. The un-injured man was hoisted from Shelter Island and brought him to Juneau.

The man used his cell phone to call Coast Guard about 10:54 a.m., after his 12-foot Zodiac capsized and was adrift near the north end of Shelter Island. He had righted the boat, and said he would attempt to row to Shelter Island.

The man activated his inReach SOS device when his boat capsized, providing a location for the Coast Guard and was also wearing an anti-exposure suit.

The individual was wearing an anti-exposure suit, and was equipped with an inReach device and a cell phone to call for help including his location. These factors contributed to his survival despite the adverse weather conditions of air temperature about 32 degrees and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

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