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Members of the Unified Command responding to the Ann Kathleen continue containment and cleanup operations on the coast near Bandon, this week.

Since the initial fire and beaching of the 64-foot commercial fishing vessel on Thursday, partner agencies have removed 1080 gallons of diesel fuel from the vessel.

A helicopter delivered fuel totes to a fuel truck at Cape Blanco Airport, Monday. It also removed an aluminum tank and two large chunks of debris.

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The Coast Guard rescued 10 people aboard a vessel in distress 25-miles southwest of Neah Bay, Thursday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Neah Bay rescued four minors and six adults and escorted the vessel to Neah Bay with no reported injuries.

The distress call, at 10:15 a.m., from a person aboard the 33-foot recreational vessel, “Doesn’t Matter”, who reported to be taking on water southwest of Cape Flattery. The engine failed and the installed bilge pumps were unable to handle the rate at which water was flowing into the boat.

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Coast Guard medically evacuated a 29-year-old crewman from a 665-foot commercial freighter, Great Fluency, in the Straight of Juan De Fuca, Washington, Sunday morning.

The man was reportedly exposed to phosphene gas and was safely transported to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles for further medical attention.

At approximately 7:20 a.m., Coast Guard District 13 watch standers received a notification from the Great Fluency that a member of their crew had been exposed to phosphene gas, a common chemical aboard vessels of this type.

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A 38-year-old crewman, suffering symptoms of a heart attack, was transported to Air Station Kodiak where he was placed in the care of awaiting EMS. He was taken to Kodiak Providence Hospital.

Coast Guard Juneau received a request for the medevac at about 9 p.m. from the master of the 49-foot longline fishing vessel Resurrection.

The aircrew launched from the air station, arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer with a rescue basket before hoisting the man to the helicopter.

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The Coast Guard medevaced a 57-year-old male injured crew-man from the 210-foot fishing vessel Ocean Rover approximately 65 miles northwest of Cold Bay, Monday.

The crewman had suffered an injury to his finger and was flown to Cold Bay and on to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted a 28-year-old patient suffering symptoms of a respiratory infection from the fishing vessel Golden Alaska approximately 36 miles northwest of Cold Bay. The crew brought her to Cold Bay for further transport to a higher level of medical care.

The helicopter crew had launched from Dutch Harbor and refueled in Cold Bay before arriving on-scene. On-scene weather around the time of the hoist were 26 mph winds and 7-foot seas.

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F/V Destination loss – the Marine Board of Investigation report and Final Action Memo, to be released, Sunday.

This report identifies causal factors for the loss of the Destination and six crew members and the Final Action Memo is the Coast Guard Commandant’s response to the report.

On Sunday, the report may also be accessed at: https://uscg.mil/foia/foia_library.asp

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The fishing vessel Vaerdal called for assistance for a crew member reportedly suffering chest pains.

Coast Guard launched a helicopter from the Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett, and medevaced the crewman from the fishing vessel Vaerdal approximately 70 miles north of Cold Bay Monday.

The man was successfully transported to local emergency medical services personnel in Cold Bay.

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An injured crewman, suffering a compound fracture, was medevaced from the fishing vessel Kari Marie approximately 201 miles north of St. Paul, Alaska, Monday.

DisCoast Guard received notification from the fishing vessel Pacific Mariner relaying communications for the fishing vessel Kari Marie for a crew member reported to have suffered a compound fracture while aboard the vessel.

A helicopter crew from St. Paul conducted the medevac. An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules was diverted to provide communication coverage.

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Good Samaritan fishing vessel Kona Kai recovered five people in a life raft from the sunken commercial fishing vessel Pacific 1, approximately 40 miles west, southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Friday.

Coast Guard received a distress relay from the Kona Kai regarding the fishing vessel Pacific 1, which was taking on water and listing heavily with five people aboard.

The Kona Kai transited to the last known position of the Pacific 1. A Coast Guard aircrew was able to locate the raft with all five people aboard, and deployed a data marker buoy to mark the location for the Kona Kai to make the rescue.

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