Deck Watch goes aboard the Active
Posted by PA3 Jonathan Lally, Friday, June 1, 2012
Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across Alaska. The Coast Guard Cutter Active, from Port Angeles, Wash., was in Kodiak for training prior to a Bering Sea patrol and Deck Watch spoke with Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Steiger about the upcoming patrol. To listen to the show click here.
In other Coast Guard news:
May 25 – 26 – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and the owner of the fishing tender St. Joseph are working together to respond to the grounding of the vessel that occurred Saturday. The St. Joseph is currently located at the mouth of the Tsiu River in the Yakutaga State Game Refuge on the northern coast of the Gulf of Alaska. There have no reports of pollution and the 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel have been safely removed by a private contractor hired by the owner. A salvage plan is in development. The vessel suffered a steering casualty 52 miles southeast of Cordova in 20-foot seas Friday night prompting the crew to call the Coast Guard. The five-man crew was rescued from the vessel by a Cordova-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. To read more click here.
May 27 – The Coast Guard rescued four people from an 18-foot skiff 23 miles northwest of Port Heiden Sunday. The Alaska State Troopers contacted the Coast Guard Friday requesting assistance in a search for the overdue skiff in Bristol Bay. Before the Coast Guard could launch, the Troopers incorrectly identified an identical skiff with the same number of people as the overdue party. However, Sunday the Troopers were informed that the party was still missing by family members. The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane and crew from Air Station Kodiak to search the region. The skiff was located in an ice floe by the Hercules crew at about 9:45 a.m. approximately 173 miles from their homeport of Platinum. The vessel had motored into the ice to avoid a storm, ran out of gas and drifted across Bristol Bay with the floe. Following the Hercules sighting of the skiff and four people, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Kodiak to rescue the them. The helicopter crew safely hoisted the skiff crew at 12:30 p.m. and took them to Dillingham to be evaluated by medical personnel. The skiff crew originally departed Platinum May 24 to make a 23 miles transit to Bird Rock to collect gull eggs for subsistence use. To read more or see imagery from the case click here.
May 28 – Communications Station Kodiak watchstanders received notification from the crew of the 125-foot motor vessel Redeemer that they had suffered an electrical fire in a breaker and were disabled and adrift north of Unimak Pass Monday. The tug Double Eagle arrived on scene and took the Redeemer in tow en route to Dutch Harbor. The Coast Guard Cutter Munro was diverted to assist and escort the vessels into Dutch Harbor. The commercial vessels moored safely in Dutch Harbor at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
May 29 – The Coast Guard District 17 command center received a report of a 29-year-old woman in Edna Bay suffering from a severe infection at 7:46 p.m. Tuesday. The duty flight surgeon was briefed and recommended the medevac due to patient’s previous medical history. Air Station Sitka launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew who arrived on scene in Edna Bay. The rescue crew transported patient in stable condition to Air Station Sitka where they were met by local emergency medical crews.