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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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The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Michael Smith missing in the waters between La Conner and Blaine, Washington.

The Swinomish Tribal Police Department relayed the report that a man had been reported overdue by a family member. According to a relative, Smith was scheduled to arrive in Blaine by sunset Monday.

Crews including Coast Guard, Swinomish Tribal Police and numerous Tribal fishing vessels searched 143 square miles for 11 hours.

With great regret, the search is suspended pending further developments. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Smith, please call Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.

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The Coast Guard is searching for a reported missing person between La Conner and Blaine, Washington. Missing is Michael Smith, 39, last seen wearing black shorts and a blue sweatshirt.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Swinomish Tribal Police Department notified Coast Guard that a man had been reported overdue by a family member having failed to arrive in Blaine by sunset Monday after leaving La Conner on Monday at 3 p.m.in an 18-foot teal and white skiff.

Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched multiple Coast Guard crews.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Smith, please call Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.

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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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Coast Guard Station Valdez assisted the pleasure craft, Diva, taking on water Friday near Port Fidalgo, approximately 50 nautical miles south from Valdez, Alaska.

A Coast Guard crew arrived on scene and determined the vessel had a weak seam affecting the forward bilge. They passed a pump to assist with the flooding and escorted the vessel back to Valdez with no injuries reported.

The initial report from the pleasure craft, Diva, was that they struck a rock and sustained a hole to their bow. The hole was reported to be above the waterline and members used a tarp and pumps to keep up with the flooding.

“We were able to assist the crew of the Diva because they stayed calm and applied quick thinking in the event of an emergency,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Ahlin from Station Valdez. “They maintained consistent radio communications and had proper emergency equipment.”

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The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan assisted a man aboard a recreational vessel that was hard aground and was taking on water on Saturday in Hood Bay, Alaska. The man reported that he could make his way to shore but there was an aggressive bear on shore preventing him from disembarking safely.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene and landed nearby the beached vessel, transferred a pump to keep up with the flooding, and assisted the owner secure the boat to shore.

The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick and a Jayhawk helicopter launched to assist a good Samaritan vessel from Angoon which returned the man to Angoon, Alaska.

Sector Juneau received the initial distress call from the man aboard the recreational vessel stating he was hard aground and was taking on water in Hood Bay.

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