Coast Guard weekly news highlights

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrives off of Coast Guard Base Ketchikan to perform a search and rescue demonstration during first ever base open house Aug. 27, 2011.

Aug. 21 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders received notification that the 38-foot pleasure craft Wild Thing was adrift near the Homer Spit with three people aboard. A Homer Auxiliary boat crew launched and towed the vessel and crew safely back to Homer.

Aug. 22 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders received an uncorrelated mayday call over the Naked Island Pigot Point VHF high sites around 6:20 p.m. The call was also heard by the Whittier Harbormaster and a good Samaritan within Passage Canal. An urgent marine information broadcast was issued with no results. A second mayday in the same voice over the same high sites was heard about 6:30 p.m. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew operating out of Cordova launched and searched the area. No signs of distress were found and the case was suspended.

Aug. 23 – The 39-foot pleasure craft Sheller because disabled in Double Bay north of Hinchinbrook Island with three people aboard. Sector Anchorage watchstanders issued a maritime assistance request broadcast and a good Samaritan vessel and crew responded. The Sheller and crew were safely towed to Cordova.

Aug. 23 – Station Ketchikan reported a red flare well above the horizon in the Tongass Narrows in the vicinity of Ketchikan. Sector Juneau watchstanders directed the launch of a Station Ketchikan 47-foot response boat crew to search after the Ketchikan Police Department’s search returned negative results. The Station Ketchikan responders search had no results and the case was suspended.

Aug. 23 – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 70-year-old male cruise ship passenger from Gustavis to Juneau. Upon landing the man, who was suffering the symptoms of congestive heart failure, was transferred to local EMS personnel who took him to the Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Aug. 24 – Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report that the 26-foot pleasure craft Endorphin was overdue on a trip from Hoonah to Juneau. The vessel’s last known position was off of Pt. Retreat on Admiralty Island. A Station Juneau boat crew launched out of Auke Bay to locate the vessel. Shortly after they launched, the vessel was reported in port shortly afterward.

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