Deck Watch honors Stratton award recipient
Posted by PA3 Jonathan Lally, Friday, March 16, 2012
The Coast Guard presented Lt. Cmdr. Erin Williams, executive officer of Marine Safety Unit Valdez, with this year’s Capt. Dorothy Stratton Leadership Award at the 2012 Women’s Leadership Symposium in Washington D.C March 5. Deck Watch speaks with Williams about the award she received. Click here to listen.
To find out more about Williams and the award, click here.
In other Coast Guard news this week:
March 8 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 57-year-old fisherman from the 310-foot fishing vessel Northern Hawk southeast of St. Paul. Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a report stating the man was suffering from cardiac distress. The helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient and delivered him to awaiting emergency medical crews in St. Paul. The man was taken to Anchorage for further medical care.
March 8 – An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely transported a 46-year-old male suffering stroke-like symptoms from Port Lions to Kodiak. Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a report from the Port Lions Clinic personnel requesting a medevac of the patient. The man was listed in stable condition when emergency medical services took the patient to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for further care.
March 9 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Mh-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 15-month-old child in Dillingham suffering from a severe infection. District 17 watchstanders received a request from the Dillingham hospital personnel for the medevac. The Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules crew were launched to assist. The helicopter crew flew the patient to Sand Point, where they safely transferred the child to the Hercules crew with Coast Guard medical personnel aboard. The patient was listed in stable condition on arrival in Anchorage for additional medical care.
March 9 – Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews conducted a search for a man overboard from the 42-foot fishing vessel Glacier Spirit near Sand Point. The Hercules and helicopter crews conducted multiple searches. After an extensive combined search of about six hours and covering more than 46 square miles without any sightings of the missing crewman, the Coast Guard suspended the search.
March 13 – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transported a 54-year-old female suffering from cardiac distress from the Wrangell clinic to Sitka. The patient was listed in stable condition and took a commercial medevac to Seattle for further medical care.
March 13 – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel received a call reporting the tug Bulwark was soft aground in Nelson Bay northeast of Cordova with no reported injuries or pollution. The crew was towing a barge at the time of the grounding. The barge 500-2 was taken in tow from the Bulwark by tug Guardian and crew. A Captain of the Port Order was issued to the Bulwark crew instructing them to remain at anchor in Nelson Bay until a dive survey could be conducted assessing any potential damage to the vessel. Minor damage was reported. Divers surveyed the vessel and determined it was safe to transit to Valdez.
March 14 – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a call via radio from the good Samaritan fishing vessel Katrina Em relaying a mayday call from the 43-foot fishing vessel Martha Marie reporting they were taking on water southwest of the Shelikof Strait. The Martha Marie crew reported they were able to keep up with the flooding after hitting a rock. Crews with the Katrina Em and another good Samaritan, fishing vessel Mariah Dawn, arrived on scene to assist and escort the Martha Marie crew into protected waters near Port Wrangell to effect repairs. Repairs were made to the Martha Marie and the crew transited to Chignik.
March 14 – Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a call from the fishing vessel Alaskan Star reporting they were disabled and adrift near Unimak Island. The good Samaritan vessel crew Storm Bird took the Alaskan Star and crew in tow. The tug Redeemer took the Alaskan Star in tow from the fishing vessel Storm Bird crew. The vessel was towed to Dutch Harbor.
March 14 – Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a call from the 50-foot fishing vessel Alliance crew reporting the vessel was disabled, adrift and in imminent danger of grounding between Shelter Island and Admiralty Island. The good Samaritan fishing vessel Erica Ann crew arrived on scene and took the Alliance in tow. A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew escorted the two vessels to Auke Bay.