Coast Guard Alaska weekly news highlights

KODIAK, Alaska - Petty Officer 1st Class William Krahn, an aviation survival technician with Air Station Kodiak, directs the three crewman of the 52-foot Homer-based fishing vessel Bear into the hangar at the Air Station in Kodiak to warm up following their successful rescue from a liferaft in Aniakchak Bay 196-miles southwest of Kodiak Aug. 30, 2011. The Bear crew donned survival suits and abandoned ship into their liferaft following the grounding of the fishing vessel in the early morning hours of Aug. 30. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - Petty Officer 1st Class William Krahn, an aviation survival technician with Air Station Kodiak, directs the three crewman of the 52-foot Homer-based fishing vessel Bear into the hangar at the Air Station in Kodiak to warm up following their successful rescue from a liferaft in Aniakchak Bay 196-miles southwest of Kodiak Aug. 30, 2011. The Bear crew donned survival suits and abandoned ship into their liferaft following the grounding of the fishing vessel in the early morning hours of Aug. 30. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Aug. 27 – Communications Station Kodiak received a medevac request for a 25-year-old male with a mouth injury aboard the 98-foot fishing vessel Shell Fish 310 miles west of Cape Decision. The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac and Air Station Sitka launched two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters to hoist and transport the patient to Sitka. Upon arriving to the scene, the aircraft commander decided the rescue was too dangerous due to sea state and returned to base. The Shell Fish continued to travel toward Sitka and moored Saturday morning. The patient was transferred to local emergency medical personnel who took him to Mount Edgecumbe Hospital for further medical treatment.

Aug. 27 – Coast Guard Base Ketchikan commands including the Coast Guard Cutters Naushon and Anthony Petit hosted an open house for the public. The open house included tours of the cutters, emergency medical treatment demonstrations from medical clinic crews, an oil pollution recovery demonstration from marine safety detachment personnel a search and rescue demonstration and law enforcement displays. In addition community members were invited to bring their boats to receive a free boating safety check or to sign up for boating safety courses both provided by Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. For more infomation please see the www.USCGAlaska.com photo release.

Aug. 28 – District 17 command center watchstanders were notified by Alaska State Troopers of a 43-year-old man who was reported missing from the fishing vessel Antoinette Rene, anchored in Chignik Lagoon about 238 miles southwest of Kodiak. Chignik residents conducted a shoreline search and callouts to local villages before the state troopers and Coast Guard were notified. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted two searches but were unable to locate the man. The search was suspended.

Aug. 30 – District 17 command center watchstanders received notification from an emergency position indicating radio beacon indicating the 52-foot fishing vessel Bear was in distress. After making callouts, the vessel master and a family member from the Bear confirmed the vessel was on the rocks in Aniakchak Bay. D17 watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. The watchstanders contacted the Bear’s crew via satellite phone and it was reported three people were aboard the Bear and they were in good condition. The crew was in survival suits and in a life raft tied to the vessel. The Air Station helicopter crew hoisted the three crewmembers and safely transferred them to Kodiak. The vessel was reported to have 3,000 gallons of fuel on board. No pollution or injuries were reported. The vessel has been safely refloated and towed to Chignik for repairs. For more information please view the www.USCGAlaska.com press release.

Aug. 30- Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report that the 18-foot pleasure craft Perseverance was overdue on a voyage from a remote cabin in Puget Bay to Seward. The watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island to investigate. The Long Island crew found two people located in a cabin in the area. It was reported the vessel broke free from its mooring and stranded the two individuals. They were taken aboard the Long Island and safely transported to Seward.

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