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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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A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medevaced an injured fisherman north of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Monday. A small boat transported the crewman to shore from the 42-foot commercial fishing vessel Rubicon. The helicopter aircrew transported the man safely from the nearby beach and transported the crewman to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak.

The call came in at about 12:45p.m., when the wife of the fishing vessel’s master requested a medevac for an injured crew member. Coast Guard launched a helicopter aircrew to respond. The crewman was delivered safely to waiting EMS personnel within the hour.

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The Coast Guard rescued three people from the water early Friday morning after their boat capsized about a half of a mile northwest of Guemes Island.

A good Samaritan called at 10:22 p.m. Thursday from his residence on Guemes Island’s water edge and reported hearing multiple voices shouting. He said he saw no boats or lights in the water, but could hear both male and female voices shouting “where are you?” and “don’t give up, I’m right here.” He guessed the shouts were distress calls hailing from the water in the direction of Vendovi Island.

A Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to search for people in the water. They located and rescued three people at about 2 a.m. Friday, two males and one female, from the water off North Beach and confirmed they were pulling crab pots when their boat capsized. The people were not wearing life jackets. The Coast Guard rescue crew took the three survivors to Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes where emergency medical services personnel were waiting to conduct medical evaluations.

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The 52-foot fishing vessel Stormie B was aground and taking on water in 4-foot seas, 23-mph winds, in Sukhoi Bay, Alaska, Thursday.

A Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene at 3:11 p.m. and lowered dewatering equipment and a rescue swimmer. The Stormie B crewmembers were able to deploy the dewatering equipment to control flooding.

There are no reports of injuries or pollution, and the cause of the vessel’s grounding is under investigation.

At 2:23 p.m., Coast guard watchstanders heard a broken, unreadable high frequency radio communication from Stormie B. They issued an urgent marine information broadcast and requested the launch of aircrews from Air Station Kodiak.

Good Samaritan fishing vessel Buccaneer arrived on scene at approximately 3:35 p.m. and remains in the vicinity to maintain communication. The Stormie B’s owner is working with local salvage resources to develop a salvage plan.

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American Seafoods reports that 86 crew of the 272-foot trawler, American Dynasty, which carries up to 142 crew, have tested positive for COVID-19. The American Dynasty has returned to its homeport of Seattle and is currently on lockdown. Crew members are in quarantine and being monitored by medical personnel.

While American Dynasty was docked in Bellingham one crew member became ill and was taken to hospital. That crewman tested positive for COVID-19 and remains in hospital.

According to American Seafoods, all crew were tested for COVID-19 before boarding the vessel. Only those who tested negative for the virus were allowed to board.

The novel coronavirus may be an inconvenience for some but other individuals have more severe symptoms that can lead to permanent mental and physical impairment, or death. COVID-19 outbreaks and positive tests among workers have been reported by a dozen other companies.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Seattle/King County Health Department, Whatcom County Health Department, and the Port of Seattle, are investigating and working with American Dynasty to determine how this outbreak happened and how future outbreaks can be prevented.

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COVID-19 outbreaks and positive tests among workers have been reported by Blue Harvest Fisheries, Bristol Seafood, Bornstein Seafoods, High Liner Foods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Pacific Seafood, Peter Pan Seafoods, Thai Union and Trident Seafoods.

Exposure occurs through personal contact in cramped living quarters and close working conditions. Social distancing guideline are impractical in meat and seafood processing plants and vessels.

The novel coronavirus may be an inconvenience for some but other individuals have more severe symptoms that can lead to permanent mental and physical impairment, or death.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and county and port health officials are all investigating and working with these companies to determine future outbreaks can be prevented.

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