>Communication Station Kodiak assists in rescue of Florida fishermen


Tuesday watchstanders at Communications Station Kodiak overheard a conversation between two fishing vessels.

The 41-foot Kelly Ann was reportedly taking on water. The vessel was located 107 miles due east of Port Canaveral, Fla. The watchstander, Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Williamson, contacted responders at Sector Jacksonville who coordinated the rescue of the Kelly Ann crew by the nearby U.S. Naval vessel Gonzalez.

The crew of the Gonzalez sent over a damage control team who helped dewater the Kelly Ann. The Gonzalez remained on scene until the Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant arrived to escort the fishing vessel to Fort Pierce, Fla.

Due to the way high frequency transmission work and HF propagation the communication watchstander in Kodiak, Alaska, was the only Coast Guard unit to hear the radio call over 4,000 miles away.

The Gonzalez is a destroyer homeported out of Norfolk, Va. The cutter Cormorant is a 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Ft. Pierce. The Communications Station in Kodiak has been in place and listening since WWII to provide rapid, reliable and secure communications to the maritime public, Coast Guard forces, and other government agencies.