Coast Guard Cutter Long Island commanding officer gets taste of Alaska rescues

The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island and crew tow 60-foot pleasure craft Bella Vida to Valdez.

 The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island returned to Valdez Sunday with their new commanding officer at the helm.

Lt. Adam Disque took command of the cutter July 1 and completed a three-day patrol intended to practice routine drills to assess the cutter, crew and learn the area of responsibility.Within a few hours of the start of the patrol, the cutter and crew were called to respond to a report of the 60-foot pleasure craft Bella Vida taking on water near the Pleiades Islands in Knight Island Passage southwest of Valdez.

A Long Island rescue team was sent to board the vessel and help control the flooding. This allowed the cutter and crew to tow the stricken vessel more than 90 miles to Valdez.

The Long Island is one of six 110-foot multi-mission patrol boats currently stationed in Alaska. The Long Island is responsible for search and rescue, law enforcement, national defense and the protection of living marine resources within the coastal waters of South Central, Prince William Sound and part of Southeast Alaska.

While towing the Bella Vida, another call was received regarding the 32-foot recreational vessel Naughty Flier’s propeller becoming entangled and disabled in a commercial fishing net.   Again, the Long Island crew responded and was able to arrange for a diver to free the vessel’s propellers.

“This patrol was excellent for me to really see what this crew and cutter are capable of and I was certainly impressed,” said Disque. “I am excited to be stationed in Alaska and I am looking forward to my tour.”

Disque is a native of Niskayuna, N.Y., where he joined the Coast Guard in 2003. He and his family came to Valdez from Cape May, N.J., where Disque was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous.

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